Hike Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Meet the group at 8 a.m., Saturday at the nature center to carpool to Ghost Ranch. Courtesy photo
Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 20 with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing. Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.
Kitchen Mesa trail is a difficult hike and participants should plan to hike six to seven miles with significant elevation gain. The group will hike to the edge of Kitchen Mesa and continue along the mesa tops to see additional terrain and more of Ghost Ranch. The mesa lies at the edge of the Colorado Plateau in a region of red rock cliffs and desert formations.
Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. and carpool to Ghost Ranch. Attendees should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hiking boots and a hat and bring water, snacks and a lunch. If there is an interest among the group, they may stop for dinner in Abiquiu or Española on the drive back to Los Alamos.
This trip is limited to 10 participants and registration is required at peecnature.org. The cost is $8 for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members and $10 for non-members.
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 operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, 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 $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.