Kuaua Trekker Hikes

Night Hike ———  Ojito Wilderness

October 24, 2018.

Friends of Coronado member, Earlene Shroyer will lead a full moon hike on the White Ridge Trail in the Ojito Wilderness.


• What we’ll do:
We’ll hike along the equestrian trail in the moonlight, following a ranch road through white sandstone formations. Approx. distance 2-4 miles round-trip, spending time to explore the formations along the way.

• What to bring
You can bring a headlamp or flashlight, but only use if really needed. The road is fairly level, the walk is easy. The moonlight should be magical.

• Important to know
Dress appropriately for the time of year, bring a snack and a hot beverage if you’d like. Remember to bring water. Wear good sturdy shoes. trekking poles for balance.  Weather permitting, we’ll be in the midst of monsoon season, so if cloudy or threatening skies, this hike will be rescheduled.

Max number of people – 15

To sign up email your request– (friendsofchs@comcast.net )

Meet group:  At in the lower Rail Runner parking lot in Bernalillo off Hwy. 550. Sign waivers.   Arrive at the trailhead around TBD (moon rise is TBD).

Hike until around TBD.  Return to cars about TBD.

Goblin Colony,

Paliza Canyon (Ponderosa area)

October 27, 2018

We’ll see and visit an assembly of standing rocks known as hoodoos and goblins.

Hike length:  4 miles not including wandering around exploring the formations.  Moderate – difficult; moderate due to length (on a 2-track road), difficult due to the uneven and steep terrain in the “colony”.

This hike starts near the town of Ponderosa in the Jemez.  The trailhead is about 56 miles from Albuquerque.  The hike begins on a primitive road alongside a wooded creek, follows it into a ponderosa-shaded canyon to visit an assembly of standing rocks known as hoodoos and goblins.  Scenery:  towering ponderosa, riparian habitat, sculpted rock.

Meet: 8:30 a.m. Lower Rail Runner parking lot, depart 8:45 a.m.

Arrive at Paliza Campground parking area 9:30 a.m.

Return to vehicles around 3:00 p.m.

Pack a lunch. Wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots, bring plenty of hydrating beverage, a snack, sunscreen.

Pets allowed.

To sign up, contact Earlene Shroyer at friendsofchs@comcast.net  (Identify the hike)

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

November 10 – Peñasco Blanco Trail

PenascoBlancoThe Peñasco Blanco Trail will take us to Peñasco Blanco, the third largest great house in the Chaco complex. The trail includes the Petroglyph Trail with numerous Pueblo and Navajo rock art along with historic inscriptions. We will detour to view the ancient art panels, visit Casa Chiquita, and then continue to the “Supernova” pictograph, thought to depict an exploding star in the Crab Nebula in AD 1054.

Chaco Culture NHP Trail Map

Then we will climb to the top of the mesa to visit Peñasco Blanco, an unexcavated great house with a unique oval design.

This hike is considered moderate+ because of distance. The hike is more than 7 miles round-trip but is mostly level until the final 200-foot, rocky climb to Peñasco Blanco.

This will be an all-day event, beginning before sunrise and ending after sunset.  Pack a lunch, bring snacks, lots of water/beverage.

Pets are allowed on this trail as long as they remain on a leash that is 6 feet long or less.

Temperatures in November should be cooler, but be warned there is no shade, so bring plenty of water/hydrating beverages. Dress in layers.

We will take our time and make several detours to enjoy this area of the canyon.

Limit: 20

To sign up, contact Earlene Shroyer, friendsofchs@comcast.net  (Identify the hike).

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