Ad-Hoc Hike Report Page

2021-05-18 – Embudo Foothills Loop

Hike Leader: Marilyn Warrant
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We had a total of 11 hikers for this first Ad-Hoc senior hike. It was a cloudy day, but with no showers threatening (that happened later in the day!). Everyone signed the Liability Waiver form, and all had masks which we wore up when close together and down while hiking in a line along the trail. This was advertised as a flower hike, and we did see many different flowers (37 on my list – see the Ad-Hoc Other file if you’re interested). We started at 8:15 AM, hiked 2.9 mi with many pauses to photograph and identify flowers (about 2/3 of the loop), and returned to the parking lot at 10:30 AM. It was great to see such an enthusiastic group after over a year of no senior hikes.

Note: many of the flower photos were taken at a distance just to remind me of what I saw. There are a few good ones. If you try to match the flower photos to the flower list, note that for some reason I didn’t photograph the very common Blackfoot Daisy or the Fendler’s Desert Dandelion. The “mystery” flower near the end of the hike was a very young Red-Whiskered Clammyweed and the plant with very large leaves was probably a Sacred Datura (easy to ID when in bloom).


Web Album 1: Marilyn's web album

Other File Subject: Flower List for this hike
Other File Link: Click link to download this file.

2021-05-21 – Faulty Loop

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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We had a wonderful hike. Twelve hikers showed up on a perfect day to hike. It turns out the directions to the trailhead need a little updating. Once we all made it to the TH we off in at a nice pace. The most unique items on our hike included a Mountain Ball Cactus and Four Medallion Trees.

Everyone really enjoyed hiking again!

Thanks Ron for sweeping.


Web Album 1: Web album

2021-05-28 – Sandia North Peak

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Nine hikers made it to the TH on time and off we went. The Four mile hike included Two Medallion trees, amazing views, and a Geocache. We were able to identify about ten flowers including: Giant Gentian, Mahonia or Oregon Grape, Fern Leaf Lousewort, Wild Iris, Wallflower, Bladderpod, Canada Violet and Bluebell.


Web Album 1: Carl's photos:

2021-06-03 – San Antonio Canyon Trail

Hike Leader: Frank Ernst
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What a pleasant surprise. I was following the weather reports for days which were getting worse but we lucked out. Right after we got back to our vehicles there was a loud bang from nearby lightening to let us know how lucky we were.

9 hikers enjoyed what turned out to be a 4.8 mile hike. We enjoyed our lunch stop in the shade next to the river in spite of the large pile of black bear poop nearby. Marilyn educated us about the flowers we past. On the link to my pictures, you will see a squirrel sleeping in a tree, a bear paw print?, and a picture of a cave up the canyon from Hwy 4 1/4 to 1/2 mile before 126. You can see the letters AMOS inside the cave which has no meaning for me. How about you?

Thanks to Camilla and Gerald for driving and to Marilyn for helping put together these Ad Hoc hikes.


Web Album 1: Frank's web album

2021-06-04 – La Luz Spur – Kiwanis Cabin Loop

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Twelve excited hikers met at the TH. It was a beautiful day. We could not have asked for better weather. The views on this hike are wonderful. We were a little early for many of the flowers but we did see: Monument plants, Golden Pea, Wallflower, Bluebell, Fleabane.


Web Album 1: Carl's photos:

2021-06-09 – 10K South – Crest

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Nine hikers met at the 10K Trailhead. We walked south to see a beautiful meadow of flowers before heading up the Challenge trail to Rocky Point. It was a great way to get everyone’s heart pumping. After stopping for the view point just south of the Tram we headed down the South Crest Trail towards the 10K. Half way down, Pam was observed our quarry for the day, the Calypso Orchid!

Thanks to Gerald for his pictures and Orilla for sweeping.


Web Album 1: Gerald's:

Web Album 2: Carl's:

2021-06-15 – Tecolote – Balsam Glade – Capulin

Hike Leader: Marilyn Warrant
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11 hikers put up with a hot day of hiking. Almost everyone did all three of the short hikes advertised. Unfortunately, the small cactus that I had spotted on Thursday with swollen buds had already bloomed five days later. We finished the Tecolote Peak hike at around 11 AM. After the short Balsam Glade hike to an overlook, we had lunch on the picnic tables in the shade. We drove directly to the first parking lot, and took the trail that starts out going to Capulin Spring. After passing the spring, we took a right onto the Capulin Trail. The GPS came in handy once we got to Capulin Peak and needed to find the continuation to the overloop amongst all the oaks. The overlook was a real surprise to most of us — who knew there was a 360 view location in the Sandias! We took it slow going back with lots of shade breaks. Thanks to Orillia for sweeping and to all the hikers for braving the hot weather.


Web Album 1: Joel's web album

Web Album 2: Paul's web album

Web Album 3: Marilyn's web album

2021-06-18 – Pueblo Lateral South to Los Ranchos

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Fourteen hikers met at the TH. We had a nice leisurely walk along the acequias in Albuquerque’s north valley. One of the best parts of this hike is all the animals to be seen. The animals today included: Churro Sheep, Llamas, Horses, Crayfish, mini-horse, dogs, and lizards.

Thanks for the pictures Joel and Gerald. Thanks to Orilla for sweeping.


Web Album 1: Joel's

Web Album 2: Gerald's

Web Album 3: Carl's

2021-06-21 – Alameda Open Space North

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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2021-06-23 – El Porvenir

Hike Leader: Frank Ernst
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2021-06-25 – Ellis-Survey Loop

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Eight hikers carpooled from the city. We arrived at the Ellis TH in the Sandias around 9:15 and set off on a 4 hour hike. The track included 5 trails: Ellis, OSHA, NCT, 10K, and Survey. Everyone loved the views, flowers and butterflies along all the trails.


Web Album 1: Carl's photos:

2021-06-28 – Los Poblanos ditch walk

Hike Leader: Joan Weissman
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Thirteen hikers took advantage of a lovely, cool, cloudy, very not-normal Albuquerque summer day. The ditches were full, the geese were plentiful, the company was lively, and almost at the end we met an adorable porcupine sauntering along the ditchbank right at our feet. Everyone had a good look, as he-she was not the least bothered by our presence, and wandered calmly among the tree trunks at the water’s edge. And now (4 hours later) it’s raining, hurrah!


Web Album 1: Carl Gervais

Web Album 2: Joel Saland

2021-07-01 – Piedra Lisa South

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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2021-07-06 – Armijo Canyon – Faulty – Sulphur Canyon Loop

Hike Leader: Marilyn Warrant
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Five hikers went on this hike in the lower Sandias East on a clear day. The Armijo Trail section was through a pine and Alligator juniper forest. There were several new (to me) intersections with other trails (maybe for the bicyclists?). An Abert squirrel flashed across our path showcasing his fluffy white tail. The Faulty section was steeper, but fortunately mostly in the shade. In one area, we noted some big piles of wood that apparently had been there for a long time. We passed the high point of the hike, then came to the outcropping with a great view. Where was the trail? Over there! We made it down and joined the Cienega Trail for the next section of the hike through a lush, green area that hosts a stream (almost dry today). (We didn’t do the Sulphur Canyon part of the original hike.) Then Tom remembered a meadow, so we headed over there. Quite a nice addition to the end of the hike. We finished off with the Acequia Trail in the shade on the side of the road.


Web Album 1: Marilyn's web album

2021-07-09 – San Antonio Hot Spring — South Route

Hike Leader: Carl Gervais
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Hikers: 10
Miles hiked: 9.25 miles
Elev. Gain: 1476
Snakes: 1 (Garter)
Great Horned Owl: 1
Western Tanagers: 3
Hot Springs pools: many
Naked People: 4


Web Album 1: Carl's photos: