Cerro Grande, Photo by Michael Altherr
Note: This event has been canceled due to lack of snow.
Join hike leader Jan Studebaker on a fun snowshoe outing at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14.
The trip, organized by PEEC, is free to attend and open to all ages who are up for the 3-4 hour hike.
The Cerro Grande route winds its way up to the highest point in Bandelier with Cerro Grande Peak at 10,199 ft. The route is marked by yellow diamonds and is 2.3 miles each way (4.6 round trip) and is expected to take 3-4 hours. This is a moderate hike, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,200 ft. from the trailhead to summit. The route passes through a mixed conifer forest, and the view of the Valles Caldera and lower Bandelier from the top is quite spectacular.
Participants will need to be prepared with adequate gear and clothing, such as snowshoes and poles, gaiters, warm clothing including winter hat and gloves, plus water, a simple lunch and snacks for the journey up. Snowshoes can be rented from the County at the Aquatic Center. Children are welcomed if they are up to the hike. No dogs are permitted in the park.
The outing is free, however advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 505.662.0460.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC maintains a nature center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit http://www.PajaritoEEC.org.