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Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a winter hike or snowshoe along the East Fork Trail Jan. 13. Michael Altherr, experienced hiker and skier, will lead this outing, which will meet at PEEC at 9:15 a.m. and return around 3 p.m.
This winter hike or snowshoe (weather-dependent) will lead participants along the East Fork Trail from Las Conchas to the East Fork Trailhead. The trail follows the meandering East Fork of the Jemez River for approximately two miles before climbing up to the top of the mesa.
Then it descends almost imperceptibly through quiet woodland for about three miles, ending back at the trailhead on N.M. 4. Hikers can expect one rise of significance (~450 feet in ¾ mile) with an obstacle (cattle gate) near the top.
Altherr has been hiking, skiing and getting to know the Jemez Mountains trails for 20 years. Last year, he has ran or walked this particular trail at least half a dozen times. Altherr said he never gets tired of this path.
The route is approximately five miles one-way and takes about three hours to complete, so cars will be positioned at the end to shuttle hikers back to the start.
Children and well-behaved, friendly dogs are welcome. If the weather permits, snowshoes may be necessary and can be rented from the aquatic center.
It will be useful for those who have compasses to bring them. Winter hikers should always have headlamps, a whistle, water, extra food and perhaps a trash bag or two.
This outing is free, but space is limited, so register in advance. For more information or to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.