2024-06-20–BCSC – Hike Report

BCSC Hike Report

Tecolote – Balsam Glade – Capulin – Sandia Mountain East

Hike Report Sent By: Karen Rivard

Hike Distance (mi): 5.1
Elevation Change (ft): 381
Total Uphill (ft): 785
Total Downhill (ft): 785


9 hikers arrived at the Tecolote TH at 9:15 am. It was a cool, misty morning with rain forecast, which made for a very pleasant hiking experience. There was an abundance of wildflowers, including Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Indian Paintbrush, Richardson’s Geranium, Mariposa Lily, Flax, cactus blossoms, Mountain Four O’Clock, and Wallflower. The Hermit Thrush and Chickadee serenaded us. We then proceeded to the Capulin Snow Play area where we accessed the Capulin Peak trail. The views were spectacular from the lookout at the end of the trail. We could see Placitas and Paloma Peak as well as East Mountain communities. Returning to the Capulin parking area we drove to the Balsam Glade picnic areas where we had lunch and took the short hike to the La Madera Canyon overlook. We returned to the Center at 2:10. Thank you, Joe, for the skillful and excellent driving and thank you Marilyn for the pictures and plant identification.

Information: Click here to go to the hike web page where you may view the hike map, trailhead directions, how to do the actual hike, and download the hike GPS files.

Hike Leader(s): Karen Rivard  

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