Albuquerque Field Trip: Tecolote Trail, Sandia Mountains

The Albuquerque chapter is hosting a field trip on June 8 to the Tecolote Trail in the Sandias, led by Pam McBride (505/343-9472). Meet at 8:30 AM at “A” (SW corner of Smith’s parking lot at Tramway and Central). We’ll return by 3 PM.

The Tecolote Trail is an easy 2.6 mile rountrip walk between 8,630-8,810’ elevation. The trail goes to Tecolote Peak where there are 360˚ views. The trail initially has several broad switchbacks to attain the modest gain in elevation up a slope to reach the ridge top. Along the way, there are views of the Crest Highway below and the Sandia Peak Ski Area to the west. A noteworthy and beautiful plant that we are likely to see in bloom is Bigelow leatherflower (Clematis bigelovii), a striking bell-shaped purple clematis. Other plants in flower will probably be the more common Rocky Mountain clematis (Clematis Columbiana), Alumroot (Heuchera parviflora), ground cone (Conopholis alpina var. Mexicana), bastard toadflax (Commandra umbellata; a very unpleasant common name for a beautiful plant), both spotted and striped coral root, and of course, Indian paintbrush.

Bring lunch, sunscreen, raingear, etc.