View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
Afterward, meet Jean and other hikers at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the nature center in Los Alamos to carpool. Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch/water, sunhat, sunscreen, and appropriate layers for the weather. Once in White Rock, the group will leave the majority of the cars at Blue Dot for a return shuttle, and begin their trip at the Ancho Rapids trailhead.
The hike begins with a 1.5 mile section along a dirt road, and then follows a trail for about 2 miles down into Ancho Canyon. The group will stop to take a look at Ancho Rapids. The hike then goes north along the River Trail for about 4-5 miles, passing the Red Dot Trail.
There are some nice petroglyph areas along the trail. At the Blue Dot Trail, the group will turn up the canyon for the mile hike up to Overlook Park, where they will pick up the cars left behind earlier. This is a 10-mile trip (about 6 hours of hiking) and the group is expected to return to the nature center by 4 p.m. with the driving and shuttle time taken into account.
If there is a big snowstorm, making driving difficult or creating muddy trails, the hike may be postponed for another time. Be sure to leave current contact information when you register so that PEEC can reach you.