Thursday, May 10, 2012
New Hike, Bike and Birding Events
The Sunrise Hikers group of the El Paso Hikers is back (although they are hiking a bit after sunrise).
Join veteran hiking legend, John Moses, on Tuesday, May 15th, at 7:40 a.m. at the Franklin Mountains State Park headquarters in McKelligon Canyon. (Map) We will leave most vehicles there and then carpool to the Stoney Hill Trailhead for a hike up the Stoney Hill Arroyo over the ridge into McKelligon Canyon.
On Thursday, May 17th, do the Schaeffer Shuffle in the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Plan to meet at 7:00 a.m. sharp at the park entrance (map). Pay your $2 Sunrise Hiker fee. We will go to the trailhead and do the shuffle. This is a moderate hike on good trails and can be enjoyed by the beginning hiker. Expect 2 hours. The toughest part is ascending the hill back to the parking lot/picnic site at the end of the hike. We will not be in a hurry and nobody will be left behind. Hikers will be able to identify some plant species and perhaps see Mule Deer. Any geocachers may want to do a quick side trip to find the geocache along the way.
The El Paso Ridgewalkers, the El Paso Hiking Meet-up and the Las Cruces Hiking Meet-up have some great hikes coming up as well including a Tramway Trails hike and a Geocache Hike this Saturday as well as a difficult Palisades arroyo hike this Sunday.
By the way, consider purchasing a Texas State Park Pass for just $70. When we return to the park headquarters on Tuesday is a good time to do so. Also consider a donation to help your parks.
Join the Audubon Society this Saturday, May 12th for a birding trip to Memorial Park and Arroyo Park. The Warbler migration is in full swing and Warblers, Vireos and Orioles have been seen at Memorial Park. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Garden Center at 3105 Grant and bird Memorial Park first. Then move on to Arroyo Park where you might see Flycatchers, Gambel's Quail and possibly Tanagers. Nonmembers and beginners are always welcome. Contact Mark at 637-3521 or email@example.com for more information.
May is National Bike month and the City of El Paso has a number of activities to honor the month. (Fortunately, elpasonaturally has posted these events as you will search in vain on the City web site for anything about it.)
The Adventure Cycling Association has blogged about some great trails in Far West Texas. Be sure to visit Texas Mountain Trails and their daily photo blog and see some great videos. Bicyclers: learn about the El Paso Uplands Loop.
Of course, there is great biking (and walking and jogging) on Scenic Drive since it is closed every Sunday morning from 6 to 11 a.m. It’s a 4.1 mile hike from one side to the other.
The El Paso Bicycle Club is now a meet-up site.
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park wants your input on enhancing the usage of the Salt Basin Dunes Area.
Check out the American Hiking Society. They offer Volunteer Vacations – 3 this summer in New Mexico. Get all the facts and details.
Finally, we may need to change the name of this e-letter from El Paso Hikers to something that suggests what we are truly becoming – a publication that gives information about a myriad of ways to enjoy our great El Paso region outdoors including hiking, walking, biking, birding and more. Any suggestions?