Current Schedule

For up to date changes to the schedule, please refer to the calendar in the right column. Thanks.


Monday, May 1st, Skull Canyon/Overlook/Muffins Loop - Starting from the horse stables parking lot, we will use the Skull Canyon trail to climb to the ridge and take our break at the Overlook. The return will be via the Muffins and down to the vehicles. This moderate to moderately strenuous loop will be hiked at a moderate pace. Distance: 6 miles; Gain: 1300 ft. Carpool from Red Rock Casino parking lot at 7:45 am and meet the coordinator at the Horse Stables parking lot at 8:00am. Coordinator -Dennis Rohne
Monday, May 1st, Rattlesnake Canyon O&B- This is a popular 3.0 mile strenuous scramble trek with 800 feet of elevation. Our goal is to reach the terrace area. Depart Red Rock Casino by 8:00am and drive to Willow Springs Parking Lot/Red Rock Canyon. Coordinator- David Gray
Tuesday, May 2nd, Calico Peak (4870’) - How about a CCW loop from the boardwalk? Trek over to Ash Canyon and pick up the faint summit trail on the south side of the canyon. Grab Angel Peak on the home leg before descending to Guardian Angel Pass. Looking at five miles with two thousand vertical. Class 3, strenuous. Depart from Red Spring in Calico Basin at 7:00am. Coordinator - Michael O'Connor
Wednesday, May 3rd, Big Falls/Mary Jane Falls O&B - Traditional 4 mile trek that is rated strenuous based on the 1,700 feet elevation gain, possible snow cover/scrambling required for the approach to Big Falls. We’ll also do some exploring to locate the newest trail up to Mary Jane Falls per the trek in August of 2016. Depart the Santa Fe Station by 8:00am. Park at the Mary Jane Falls Parking Lot. Coordinator- David Gray
Thursday, May 4th, Little Zion Loop – This will be a strenuous 6 mile loop hike behind the Red Rock escarpment starting at the Rainbow Springs TH. The route will climb up through a wash to reach the escarpment rim then travel around the rim to drop into Little Zion, a beautiful sandstone oasis. On the return, the loop will be made down a different wash and will connect via the Mountain Springs Trail. Elevation gain will be around 1600 feet. Meet at the Red Rock Casino for carpooling in high clearance vehicles. We will leave at 8:00am sharp. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Friday, May 5th, Fletcher Canyon Plus - The out-and-back easy to moderate hike passes through a wide area of assorted forest before climbing a series of short ramps. The last 1/3 mile passes through a slot canyon that is a mere 5 feet wide at its narrowest. The hike reaches its farthest point below a waterfall formation called Obstacle Rock. The canyon scenery is spectacular. Total distance for the easy - moderate hike is 4 miles with an elevation gain of 430 feet. Depart the Santa Fe at 8:30am. After the hike we will be having lunch at the upper lodge.  Please email Ron and Sandi at alphisr@aol.com to tell them whether you are planning on joining them for lunch. PS the view and food is always good there. Coordinators - Ron and Sandi Hindmarch
Friday, May 5th, Krafft Mountain Loop - Also known as the Gateway Canyon Loop, this moderately strenuous hike begins at the Red Springs picnic area at Calico Basin. The trail climbs to a saddle west of Kraft Mountain and drops into Lower Gateway Canyon. The next 1.25 miles of the hike is in the drainage, with about 1/2 mile including some challenging rock scrambling down the canyon. A variation after crossing the saddle and two optional starting points for the hike result in a total distance of 4 to 6 miles. From Red Spring Picnic Area, the loop hike is 5.5 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain. The group will meet at Red Rock Casino for a 7:00am departure. Coordinator- Barbara Ulmer

Saturday, May 6th, Stepladder Peak –   Beginning at the trailhead across from the Spring Mountains Gateway Visitor Center, the moderately strenuous hike uses the Shady Hollow Trail, Tin Can Alley and the Cowboy Washington Trail to take the hiker on a loop into the woods of Telephone Canyon. At a saddle, the trail heads up to the peak that rises between Kyle Canyon and Deer Creek Road. There is a small amount of rock scrambling before reaching the rocky peak. The descent is done on a bushwhacking route toward Kyle Canyon Road where it connects with the Stepladder Trail before returning to the cars. The hike is 7 miles with 1450 feet of elevation gain.  Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Sunday, May 7th, 6000 Lee Canyon Loop – What this 7 mile moderately strenuous loop hike lacks in unusual scenery makes up for in unusual location. Starting at the 6000 elevation of Lee Canyon Road, the first saddle affords views of Three Lakes Valley across I-95. Then, the route travels through a target practice area. It will connect with the Rocky Gorge wash and climb up and over to Lee Canyon TH. From there, we hike down through Lee Canyon back to the cars. We might see burros. (Trail & Washes) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Monday, May 8th, Mack’s Canyon Road O&B - The gravel route that goes by the South/North Sisters offers a unique trek into one of the prettiest spots where the peaks meet the desert scrub country. Rated moderate with a total distance of 6 miles with an elevation change of just over 1,000 feet. Depart Santa Fe Station at 8:00am. Coordinator- David Gray

Tuesday, May 9, Fletcher Peak (10,319’) - Let’s do a big lollipop. From the Cougar Ridge Trailhead, ascend the steep ridgeline to Mummy Springs. Continue over to Raintree and on to the pinnacle. Bring it home on the North Loop Trail and Wild Horse Ridge. In the six-mile range with a couple thousand vertical. Class 2, moderately strenuous. Depart from the Santa Fe at 8:00am. Coordinator - Michael
O'Connor

Wednesday, May 10th, Calico Hills Two Peak, including Little Arch and Tony’s Wall - Strenuous. Starting from the Sandstone Quarry parking lot, the hike will ascend to the first peak passing the little arch. Then we will drop down to pick up the main Calico Tank trail.  Just above the Calico Tank we will scramble up a slot to the Overlook 2 peak.  After our snack break we will descend pass Tony’s Wall and down the canyon to the mushroom rock before returning to the parking lot.  Approximately 4 miles with 1,100 feet elevation gain.  Departure from Red Rock Casino at 7:30am. Coordinator – Tony Fountain

Thursday, May 11th, Fletcher Canyon via Acastus Trail O&B – This strenuous out and back hike has only 1300 feet of elevation gain but is 9 miles in length. We will begin at the Spring Mountains Gateway Visitor Center. Using the Acastus Trail, we will hike all the way to Obstacle Rock in Fletcher Canyon (snow permitting) and return. (Trail) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Friday, May 12th, No Name Trail Loop CW/Wallace Canyon Overlook - A traditional “back to basics” trek up through the great bristlecone pines to enjoy the views offered, especially the overlook at the backend of Wallace Canyon, located just above No Name Saddle. We’ll take our break there. Rated moderately strenuous based on the 6 mile distance, the elevation gain of 1900 FT, and possible patches of snow. Depart Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to Upper Bristlecone Trail parking lot.  Coordinator- David Gray

Saturday, May 13th, South Loop First Overlook -The out-and-back moderate, trail hike climbs up through a canyon with a series of switchbacks and goes along the top of the Echo Cliffs. It reaches an open ledge with a great view of Kyle Canyon after about 2.5 miles and over 1400 feet of elevation gain. The pace will be moderate as we keep the group together. We depart the Santa Fe at 7:45am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Sunday, May 14th, Lee Canyon / Sawmill Wiggles – In 8 miles, this route will include a beautiful shaded section of Lee Canyon, a visit to the Lee Canyon narrows, a picnic at Sawmill TH, and a pleasant hike down through desert woodlands. There are 1400’ of elevation gain on this moderately strenuous loop hike. (Trail & Short Bushwhack) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Monday, May 15th, Trail Canyon/Fletcher Canyon - This will be an exploratory trek for me as we make our way along for about 50 feet or so of the North Loop Trail to locate the “small trail/scree descent” that leads down to the right, then on to the huge boulder that marks the start of upper Fletcher Canyon. From here it’s all downhill- 2,800 FT. Shuttle required. Total distance- 5 miles- Rated moderately strenuous based on the elevation gain of 1,900 FT, scrambling through the rabbit hole at Obstacle Rock. Depart the Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to Trail Canyon parking lot. Coordinator- David Gray

Tuesday, May 16, South Sister (10,175’) - Standard approach from the Lower Bristlecone Trailhead. Right at five miles with two thousand vertical. Steep terrain with a short, Class 3 section near the summit. Moderately strenuousDepart from the Santa Fe at 8:00am. Coordinator - Michael O’Connor

Wednesday, May 17th,  North Loop Trail/4-Mile Overlook O&B - The first altitude training hike in preparation for the treks to our local peaks. Total distance is 8 miles with estimated  2,800 feet of elevation. Strenuous rating given altitude, possibly snowy terrain. Depart the Santa Fe by 8:00am Coordinator- David Gray

Thursday, May 18th, Cathedral Rock, Etc. – This Cathedral Rock hike is popular with more advanced hikers. The 6.5 miles include Little Falls, Echo Falls, Cathedral Rock and the all-inclusive Manhole Cover (!) on a moderately strenuous hike with 1650’ of elevation gain. It begins and ends at the Echo TH in Kyle Canyon. (Trail) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Friday, May 19th, Deer Creek/Meadows Loop- A traditional moderately strenuous trek up through the heart of the Deer Creek area via Old Deer Creek Road and the North Loop Trail where it will be still early spring. Return by the Cactus Jack Trail, Wild Horse Ridge. Great views- Total distance of 5 miles- Elevation gain of 1,600 FT. Depart the Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to the Deer Creek Picnic Area Parking Lot. Coordinator – David Gray

Saturday, May 20th, Rocky Gorge Loop (Short) – This short version of the regularly long loop is only 6 miles. It is labeled moderately strenuous with only 1100 feet of elevation gain. Starting at the Blue Tree TH, it follows a wash down to climb a trail up and over an escarpment into Rocky Gorge. From there, the trail continues up through the wash and comes out on a dirt road to connect with a trail and return to the cars. (Trail, Dirt Road & Short Bushwhack) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Sunday, May 21st, Upper Mud Springs Loop – This is a strenuous 9 mile loop hike beginning at the Sawmill TH with 1500 feet of elevation gain that is accomplished on the return. The trail travels through desert woodlands in the lower elevations affording views of the mountains of the Spring Mountain Divide. We will not see Mud Springs on this section of the trail. (Trail) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Sunday, May 21st, Eagle’s Nest/Fletcher Canyon – This is a moderate hike of 6 miles with 1100 feet of elevation. The trailhead is the new Fletcher Canyon parking lot. We will do the Eagle’s Nest loop first then hike up Fletcher Canyon to Obstacle Rock. This trail passes through a wide area of assorted forest before climbing a series of short ramps. The last 1/3 mile passes through a slot canyon that is a mere 5 feet wide at its narrowest. The hike reaches its farthest point below a waterfall formation called Obstacle Rock. The canyon scenery is spectacular. After our break, it’s back to the cars. We depart the Santa Fe at 7:45am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Monday, May 22nd, South Sister Overlook O&B - This 5-mile moderately strenuous trek stops short, at “Phase III,” of the tough climb to the peak. This ridge offers great 360 degree views. Good chance to see wild horses roaming. Elevation gain 1,700 feet. Pace balanced to accommodate elevation gain. Depart Santa Fe station at 8:00am and drive to Lower Bristlecone Parking Lot.  Coordinator- David Gray

Tuesday, May 23rd, Griffith Peak - Up South Loop Trail to the Griffith Cutoff gains 3,400 feet of elevation along the way.  This strenuous out and back route covers a total distance of 10 miles. The rocks at the peak have been uplifted from an ancient inland sea bed and contain a host of aquatic fossils along with a spectacular view of the entire surrounding area.  The meeting place will be at the Santa Fe Station with an 8:00am departure time.  Coordinator -Tim Borem

Wednesday, May 24th, Raintree via North Loop - This moderately strenuous hike will proceed along the North Loop Trail from Highway 158 to the old bristlecone tree. Raintree is located on a saddle at the base of Mummy's Toe Mountain. This out-and-back hike on the North Loop will be less than 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1400 feet. Departure from the Santa Fe Casino at 8:00am.  Coordinator – Tony Fountain

Thursday, May 25, Cockscomb Peak (9692’) - From Trail Canyon, it’s a laborious two-mile climb to the saddle, then on to Cockscomb Ridge before tackling the tricky, limestone section to the summit. Class 3 with some exposure. Six miles with just under two thousand vertical. Color it strenuous. Depart from the Santa Fe at 8:00am. Coordinator - Michael O'Connor

Saturday, May 27th, Fletcher Canyon Parking Lot to School – This is an easy hike that is a total of 4 miles. We will park at the Fletcher Canyon parking lot and walk through the campground and neighborhood to Lundy Elementary School. After our break, we turn around and walk back to the cars. Meet at the Santa Fe for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator – Judy Warner

Saturday, May 27th, South Sister Saddle Loop – The hike begins at the Lower Bristlecone Trailhead, hiking up this trail to the Bonanza Trail junction, taking the Bonanza Trail up approximately 2 miles to a trail turning off over the little ridge to the right and descending this ridge to the saddle. From there, the South Sister Trail is taken back to the trailhead. This moderately strenuous route is 8 miles with 1700 feet of elevation gain. We will depart the Santa Fe at 7:30am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Sunday, May 28th, Lower Mud Springs Loop – The lower 9 mile portion of the Mud Springs Loop begins at a TH on Macks Canyon Road. This is a strenuous route with 1900 feet of elevation gain that we will accomplish in a clockwise direction this year. At the apex of the loop, we will pass by Mud Springs and see if it is any different after so much rain and snow in the past year. (Trail) Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure.Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Sunday, May 28th, North Loop Trail/Wildhorse Ridge Loop – After parking our cars in the large parking lot past the traditional North Loop trailhead, we hike back up a spur trail to catch North Loop. Our pace will be moderate to keep the group together on this 5 mile hike with about 1000 feet of elevation. We will take our break in the meadow amongst the Bristlecone Pines. Then we catch the trail that will take us to Wild Horse Ridge. This trail does have several steep sections going down but the views and scenery make it worth it. We exit on Cougar Ridge Road and head back to the cars. We depart the Santa Fe at 7:45am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Monday, May 29th, Bristlecone Loop The starting point for this moderate hike is at the end of Lee Canyon Road just beyond the ski resort. The first part is along the highway as we walk down to the Lower Bristlecone parking lot. The trail follows a forest service road as we hike to the Bonanza Trail sign. After our break, the 2-mile western portion of the loop hikes through the pine and aspen forests, with some minor rock scrambling. Total distance is 6 miles with 750 feet of elevation gain. We depart the Santa Fe at 8:00am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Tuesday, May 30th, Mummy's Toe/Fletcher Peak - This out hike will start up the North Loop to Mummy's Toe and then on the  return we will see our accomplishment and stop by Fletcher Peak prior to returning down the North loop. It will be rate very strenuous due to the 12 miles and 2500+ feet of elevation gain. Coordinator - Tim Borem

Wednesday, May 31st, Griffith Peak O&B - This will be done at a moderate pace based on the elevation gain and altitude. Rated strenuous as the total distance will be over 8 miles with a gain of some 3,800 feet. Depart the Santa Fe at 8:00am and drive to Cathedral Rock parking lot.  Coordinator- David Gray

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