DESCRIPTION: This is a steep and short climb that goes in from the Menual Trailhead ** in Albuquerque. We climb a prominent drainage called the “White Wash” once you are in it you’ll understand why. We then climb up the slick rock for about 500 feet. The difficulty varies and there is one section at least that requires hand and foot holds but nothing vertical. If you have been to Cerro Pedernal, this is easier. I will bring a rope so that we can pull up packs if needed. Knee pads and gloves are helpful. Once the slick rock peters out, we will traverse across a wash and will need to bushwhack through it up to the trails which will loop us back to the trailhead. Note that I will be stopping at Einsteins Bagels on Academy after the hike.

This will be the third time I have listed this trip and had no takers. It’s too bad because it really is a lot of fun.

MEET WHERE: The Outlet Mall. Take I-25 Southbound and take exit 278 towards Cerrillos Road (not Madrid). Make the next right onto Beckner Road then the second right turn into the parking lot after the hotel. Look at the map for the parking spot. Silver Xterra with the traffic cone next to it.

Outlet Mall

MEET WHEN: Saturday, December 15th at 9:30 AM

EVENT LOCATION: Albuquerque at the end of Menaul Blvd.

** Please let me know if you are from ABQ if you RSVP.

RSVP: Do it by clicking on this post and adding a comment or signing up with an RSVP in the Santa Fe Outdoors Meetup Group. To remove your RSVP, just comment again here or delete your RSVP on Meetup. Please RSVP or change your mind by December 13th at 9:30 PM

Meetup Listing

UPDATES: Check your email the night before and morning of the event.  An email will be sent immediately when changes are made.

TYPE: Loop, not exploratory

TERRAIN: Good trail most of the way with rock scrambling about 500 feet. One arroyo crossing with very rough terrain.

DOGS: No dogs due to terrain that too steep and could create safety issues for your pets and hike participants.

DISTANCE/ASCENT/EFFORT: 2.5 miles, 1150 feet of ascent. Strenuous

FITNESS and PREPARATION: Please read the following link to see if you have the fitness level to complete this hike:

Fitness and Preparation

CONDITIONS REQUIRED and EXPECTED: We can’t do this one if it has rained in the previous 48 hours or snowed in the previous week. Clear forecast on hike day required.

Weather Forecast

HIKE TIME: 3 to 4 hours

DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours round trip (minus bagel stop).

TOTAL EVENT TIME: We’ll call it 6 hours with the bagel stop.

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