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Santa Clara Canyon Rim

Sun, 2012-07-22
Bill Priedhorsky

This is an explore I've meant to do for some time. Although Santa Clara Canyon is owned by the pueblo, sweeping views into it are accessible from the ridge to the north, in the Santa Fe National Forest. This drive will take us through the 2011 burn, but it appears from the fire maps that the trail and the farthest upstream sections of the canyon are not damaged. We drive up forest road 144 from Fairview, going about 27 miles past the trail to Chicoma peak, finally picking up a trail that runs just below the canyon rim, with views far below. The hike is an out and back, so we can turn back if summer weather catches up with us. If we hike to the end, the round trip is 9 miles. About 1300 feet of elevation is lost and gained, a little bit at a time.
We will meet in Los Alamos at 8 AM on Sunday July 22, and carpool to the trailhead. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, and clothes suitable for wet and cool weather. Contact Bill to join in, and for details of the meeting place.

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