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Chupadera Mountain

Sat, 2023-10-28
Sylvie Adam
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This hike is adjacent to the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM.  The Chupadera Wilderness National Recreation Trail traverses a variety of ecosystems, starting within the Rio Grande river ecosystem, extending through the high desert, into the grasslands of the Polvadera/Chupadera mountain range, and topping out on Chupadera Mountain.   A  very cool transit of the various ecosystems.  

Jill Holbert, a LAM member from Albuquerque, will guide this out-and-back hike (5.2 mile one way) starting adjacent to the Bosque del Apache.  The trail ascends 1700 ft - some parts of the trail are steep.  .  

This hike also affords the opportunity to visit the Bosque del Apache to observe sandhill cranes and snow geese at dusk!

There will be a maximum of 12 participants.  Dogs are allowed on the trail on a leash (no exceptions), but are not allowed out of cars in the Bosque.  

We will carpool from Los Alamos (or Santa Fe or Albuquerque).  We will leave Los Alamos at 6:30 am with the goal of meeting at the trailhead by 10 am. 

Participants may consider spending Saturday night in Socorro to watch more birds Sunday morning.  

The trail is exposed (few trees) so dress according to the weather, including wind.  Bring water, lunch, sturdy boots or shoes.  Binoculars if going to the Bosque. 

To sign up, send an email to Sylvie Adam at  Hope you can come.  

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