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Sierra Club started with outings!

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter outings are free and open to the public. Outings are listed in the quarterly Rio Grande Sierran, on our event calendar and also as a quarterly text listing. The Northern Group outings are generally listed on the Santa Fe Group Meetup site, and Chapter outings may also be listed on the Rio Grande Chapter Meetup site.

We offer hikes at all levels of difficulty, and the difficulty level is listed in each outing, along with trip and leader details. Below are general Sierra Club protocols for all outings.

  • Participants must sign a standard Participation Agreement, required when registering for each outing.
  • Backcountry outings – participants must fill out a short medical form and provide it to the leader for backcountry outings or where a medical facility is more than one hour away. Forms will be destroyed or returned to the participant immediately following the outing.
  • Minors – the participation agreement must be completed and signed by parent or legal guardian (accompanied or unaccompanied).
  • Leaders may alter the destination or cancel a trip due to weather, unfavorable conditions, or insufficient number of participants.  The trip leader will contact you via the information you provided during registration.
  • Leaders reserve the right to turn away anyone whose experience or equipment appears unsuitable.
  • Dogs are permitted only if specifically noted in the trip details.
  • Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking boots or shoes and clothing suitable for the weather.
  • All mileages are round-trip.

Interested in being a trip leader? Contact Outings Chair Terry Owen.

 
Click here for instructions on registering for an outing through the calendar
Registration for outings is through our online calendar only.
  • Select the appropriate month by using the left and right arrow buttons
  • Locate the event or outing for which you’d like to register
  • Click on the name of the outing or event and a registration form window will open
  • Provide the requested information in the registration form. Upon completion, click on the red “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.
  • If a liability waiver (participation agreement) is required to participate in the outing, a subsequent form will appear. Read and acknowledge the waiver (participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to complete the form with them) by checking the appropriate boxes at the bottom of the form. If you wish to submit a paper form instead, please request the form in advance from the Outings Leader listed in the announcement. Otherwise, click on the box labeled “Submit Digital Waiver”.
Click here to sign up for the Northern Group outings newsletter
You can send a message from your email account to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org, with the subject SUBSCRIBE RIO-NORTH-OUTINGS OR fill out the form below.
Click here for a current outings list

Please visit the calendar to register for any of these events.

December 2023

Saturday, December 2: Introduction to Backpacking. During this six-hour course we’ll take you from the basics, to the essential things you need to know for an extended thru-hike. We’ll use both classroom and hands-on learning. Class runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. We’ll cover the following topics: Planning and preparing for a trip, Risk management and safety, Proper pack fit and pack loading, Essential, optional and non-essential gear, Care and uses of gear, Self-care, Leave-no-trace ethics.

Thursday, December 28: Sunset and Full Moon Snowshoe at the Crest. After Christmas Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike. Glistening snow, a chill in the air and the crunch of snow under your feet, this is what you have to look forward to while we celebrate the rising of the full Snow Moon. Snowshoeing under a full moon is simply magical. The leader will cover techniques to help you safely traverse in an alpine environment while exploring the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Rated as moderate and is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain.

January 2024

Tuesday, January 9: Easy Hike to Explore the Valle de Oro NWR. Refuge staff will tell us the history and plan for these 570 beautifully undeveloped acres in the South Valley.  We will then board the electric shuttle so we can access the Bosque for a 2-mile stroll and check on the Rio Grande.  Our easy amble hike back will include stops at the many murals and mosaic art works.  No dogs please.

Thursday, January 11: Zero Waste Tour of the BARCO Recycling Facility: Come see how all of our blue-bin recycling is sorted. Find out how much is actually recycled and get answers to other recycling questions. Must be able to climb stairs and not be bothered by a very noisy environment. Dress warmly as buildings are not heated. Register early as space is limited to 8 adults.

Saturday, January 13: Dirty Bosque Bike Ride to Valle del Oro. We’ll be riding on a flat and curvy trail in the bosque for approximately 20 miles on all dirt trails and ditch banks. We will see the river, cranes and geese, and maybe even porcupines. This is not difficult riding but distance on dirt feels longer than on the road. A mountain or dirt bike are needed for this ride due to sand and possible mud. Riders, age 12 and up with parent or legal guardian.

Saturday, January 20: Coffee Tasting Tour through Downtown and Bosque. Chase the cold away with a bike tour of Downtown coffee shops! We will visit local coffee roasters, tea shops and cafes in the vicinity of the bosque. Find out how easy it is to get around Albuquerque neighborhoods by bicycle. The route is approximately 10 miles long and relatively flat. Participants should be able to maintain a speed of 12-15 miles per hour on their road, mountain or gravel bike.

Friday, January 26: Sunset and Full Moon Snowshoe Hike. Glistening snow, a chill in the air and the crunch of snow under your feet, this is what you have to look forward to while we celebrate the rising of the full Wolf Moon. Snowshoeing under a full moon is simply magical.  The leader will cover techniques to help you safely traverse in an alpine environment while exploring the beautiful Sandia Mountains. This event is rated as moderate and is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain. No dogs.

February  2024

Friday, February 2: Sierra Club and Beer – Winter Outdoors Safety . Do you venture into the mountains in winter, for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding? Great! Did you know that hypothermia is one of the primary risks to those of us that spend time outdoors in New Mexico? Do you know if you’re in avalanche terrain? Do you know how to recognize and avoid avalanche hazards? If you answered “well, kinda…sort of…” then here’s your chance to tune up your awareness.

Tuesday, February 6: Bosque Walk at Durand Open Space.  10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Welcome to the beautiful South Valley! Durand Open Space provides excellent access to forest paths and river views.  We’ll do a 2 mile loop and then take a break at the covered picnic area. No dogs please.

Friday, February 16: Winter ride along the Rio Grande! 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This ride is approximately 10 miles on paved bike trail and compressed gravel in the bosque and relatively flat. A road or gravel bike should be fine, a wider tire would be more comfortable. We may see porcupines and other wildlife. Please have your bike in good order. Riders age 12 and up with parent or legal guardian.

Wednesday, February 21: Night Stargazing Bike Ride. 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. It may not seem so at first, but the middle of winter is actually a good time for a nighttime bike ride. It’s quiet with minimal traffic and clear skies overhead. Join us for a ride from Montgomery Park and ride to Canteen Brewery. Five miles round trip with less than 500 feet of elevation gain. Road-capable bike with front and rear lights, helmet, and reflective clothing required. Participants must be 21 or over. No dogs are allowed.

Saturday, February 24: Sunset and Full Moon Snowshoe Hike. Glistening snow, a chill in the air and the crunch of snow under your feet, this is what you have to look forward to while we celebrate the rising of the full Snow Moon. Snowshoeing under a full moon is simply magical.  The leader will cover techniques to help you safely traverse in an alpine environment while exploring the beautiful Sandia Mountains. This event is rated as moderate and is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain. Participants must be in good physical condition and tolerate high altitude.  Children 14 years and older with parent or legal guardian are welcome. No dogs.

Monday, February 26: Zero Waste Tour of Soilutions Compost and Soil Yard. Get ready for late winter and spring planting by touring this facility that makes regular and organic compost and soil in Albuquerque’s south valley. Come prepared with your compost questions and learn about the many different types of compost and soils they sell.Tour is outdoors so dress for the weather.  Comfortable shoes/boots recommended as we will be standing the whole time. No dogs.

March 2024

Tuesday, March 19: Zero Waste E-recycling Tour. 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Albuquerque Computer and Electronics Recycling Company. Come find out what you can e-recycle beyond just computers and cell phones and what happens to them. Meet in their parking lot by 9:50 a.m. to sign in. We will be standing the whole time, so wear comfortable closed-toed shoes. Limit: 12 people.

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