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Cancelled due to wretched weather prediction: Red Wash Canyon day hike (Abiquiu)

Sun, 2012-12-09
Bill Priedhorsky

The weather outlook is very bad for hiking (perhaps good at least for skiing) and I am cancelling. Bill P., AM Dec. 8
One of the classic winter hikes in our neighborhood is Red Wash Canyon near Abiquiu, which straddles the boundary between the Colorado Plateau and the Santa Fe formation that fills the Rio Grande rift. It is surrounded by colorful rock formations, includes a slot canyon of sorts, and, at the top, opens into the Arroyo del Cobre (Copper Canyon), home for even more spectacular formations. Photos of Red Wash itself can be found here and here. This is an exploration of moderate difficulty that will be 6 to 9 miles round trip, depending on how ambitious we feel. Despite its classic standing, this will be a new trip for me, but I'm sure we can find our way to an interesting adventure.
This time of year, our plans are a function of weather. With any luck, we will have a last day of cool but hikable weather on Sunday before the snows come in. We will meet in Los Alamos at 9 AM, carpool to Abiquiu with the obligatory stop at Bode's for breakfast burritos, and spend much of the day exploring Red Wash. If we have time at the end of the day, we will explore the Posthuouinge pueblo ruins 2.5 miles southeast of Abiquiu. This is a huge pueblo, the largest that I know of, and its outline can be seen from above by continuing along the Forest Service trail to the hilltop.
Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, and clothing suitable for whatever weather arises. On the way back, dinner at the Abiquiu Inn or in Espanola is an option for those interested.


We had snow in Santa Fe but not Los Alamos. It was a pretty chilly day, and cancelling was probably a good idea.

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