Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program – Fall 2019 outings


Friday, October 4:  Easy/moderate hike along the Las Conchas Trail in the Jemez Mountains. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the farthest NW area of the Home Depot parking lot at 7700 US Hwy 550, Rio Rancho, NM. Carpooling is recommended due to limited parking at the trailhead. Round trip hike is 2.5 miles with about 100 feet total elevation gain. Beautiful mountains in the pine forest along the trout-filled Jemez River. We will also pass through the hewn-through-the-mountain Gilman Tunnels on the way to Las Conchas. Trail is not handicap accessible. Cameras and binoculars are recommended. Dress in layers, bring water, snacks, and we encourage water resistance footwear. No dogs. No children under 12 years old. After the hike, we will return and have lunch at Los Ojos Restaurant in Jemez Springs, NM. Details, updates and sign-up for this Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter event at Meetup site. Sign-up and RSVP no later than October 1, 2019.
Trip Leader: June Parsons, comicsilver@gmail.com
Level: Easy/Moderate
Location: North of Jemez Springs, NM

Friday, October 18 to Saturday October 19: Easy-Moderate camp, hike and bike at Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Join the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program to experience this center of Puebloan culture. We will begin meeting up at 4 p.m. Friday evening at Chaco Canyon to camp, enjoy the dark night sky and make new friends. Saturday at 8:45 a.m. we will meet at the Tsin Kletzin trailhead to hike the Tsin Kletzin trail. This three-hour hike will cover four and one half miles with 550 feet of elevation gain. After lunch, we will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the visitors center to bicycle the Canyon Loop Drive. This relatively flat ride covers nine miles and will include stops at many of the major Chacoan sites including Pueblo Bonito and Cheto Ketl. Participants may join any or all activities based upon availability and ability. This outing is appropriate for children over 14 years of age who are accompanied by parent or legal guardian. No dogs please. Due to road conditions into the park, a vehicle with adequate clearance is recommended. Refer to the Chaco Culture National Historic Park website for campsite information. Participants who plan on camping at Chaco should make campsite reservations as soon as possible due to limited space. Contact leaders no later than October 14th to RSVP, or sign-up via Meetup or Sierra Club Outings Calendar; provide the activities in which they will participate (camp, hike, bike); and obtain recommended gear list.
Trip leaders: Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@comcast.net; Hart Pierce, 505-320-1055shpierce@q.com
Level: Easy-Moderate
Location: Nageezi, NM

Photo atop Wheeler Peak

Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program – Fall 2019 outings
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