KUAUA TREKKERS - HIKES FOR MEMBERS
November 5: Return to Cabezon (go off-trail to see interesting areas of marine fossils)
What: We will be in the foothills of Cabezon Peak and will be hiking off-trail to various sandstone outcroppings with abundant marine fossils. Uneven, mostly sandy and somewhat rocky terrain with little elevation gain. Field Trip time entirety- 8:30 to 3:30.
Limitations: Group size: 20 current FCHS members. Carpools encouraged. If you are a rider, please help your driver with gas money.
Difficulty: Moderate – Distance for hike will be less than 2 miles.
Recommended: Dress in layers for this time of the year, hiking boots, long pants, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking poles, water, sack lunch/snacks.
Travel time: About 1 ½ hours from the meeting location at Home Depot
To sign-up: Email Pat Harris, Coordinator at Friendsofchs@comcast.net. Details of the meet place and time will be sent to current Friends members when signing up.
October 29: Jaral Pueblo and Jaral Ranger Station
Join us for a morning walk (9:00 to 12:00) up into the Sandia Foothills to visit two sites: Jaral Pueblo (prehistoric small pueblo), and Jaral Ranger Station, a NFS ranger station from 1930s, now abandoned. Hayward describes the walk as an “easy walk for about 2 miles round trip. The Foothill’s area is not steep but walking on trial and uneven ground - not hiking up into the Sandia Mountains.
To sign-up, email Pat Harris, Coordinator at Friendsofchs@comcast.net. Details of the meet place and time will be sent to current Friends members when signing up.
Previous trip photos: Dick Harris
Background from Hayward Franklin
Jaral Ranger Station was one of several outpost small stations in the Sandias and Manzanos. Built in the 1930s, Jaral was a small permanent building built of stone, with a nice front porch and view out over the valley. After it was no longer used by the Forest Service, it was vandalized in the 1980s, and decision was made to destroy it. This was done with dynamite; all we see today is rubble. A loss, because today this would be considered an historic site, by definition.
Jaral Pueblo is now a low mound in a semicircle near the Foothills Trail, near the Ranger Station. It is the remains of a typical small "pueblito" occupied seasonally or semi-permanently in the foothills environment. It probably served as a hunting camp and escape from European harassment by Pueblo people living along the Rio Grande, about 15 miles away. Classic period occupation, between AD 1300 and 1680.
The site was recorded, along with outlying features, and the nearby historic Garcia homestead during AAS activities directed by John Hayden of NFS. This occurred between 1978 and 1980. AAS members Phyllis Davis and Joan Wilkes were on that crew, and Davis later wrote up the field notes, which are still unpublished. I visited the site and the crew in 1980.
Field Trip - Cabezon - May 29 Off trail Hike to Interesting Area of Marine Fossils
We will be hiking in the foothills with little elevation gain. Difficulty: moderate. Distance of hike: less than 2 miles. Dress in layers for this time of year, hiking boots, long pants, hat sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking poles, water, sack lunch/snacks.
Travel: Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the NW corner of the Home Depot on Hwy 550, west of Hwy 528. Look for a white Nissan Xterra. Travel time: 1 1/2 hours. Arrive 9:30 a.m. Sack Lunch 11:30 a.m. at the cars. Depart 12:30 p.m.. Return to Home Depot parking lot around 2 p.m.
Limitations: Group size 20 current FCHS members. Carpools encouraged. If you are a rider, please help your driver with gas money.
Coordinator: Earlene Shroyer. Sign-up: email@example.com. Members must sign up to participate.
Saturday March 26 - Ojito Wilderness- Seismosaurus Dinosaur Site
Leader: Earlene Shroyer
Ancient petroglyphs, Ojito badlands, Cabezon peak, mesas and more
Seismosaurus Dinosaur Site
Classification: Moderate hike, 1 ½ mile walk over rough, rocky track, sunny, scenic.
Participants must have both Covid-19 immunizations plus booster.
Know your physical limitations – you must be able to do the round trip (3 miles).
Group size: 10 current FCHS members. Carpools encouraged. If you are a rider, please help your driver with gas money.
Recommended: Dress in layers for this time of year, hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking poles, water, sack lunch and snacks, dogs okay, but clean up.
Trip time: Car travel-about an hour, one way; hike time about 2 hours. Morning to mid-afternoon.
Sign Up or Questions: Pat Harris at FriendsofCHS@comcast.net, Please mention the trip you’re interested in.