Saturday, January 1, 10 am to Sunday, January 9, 2022, Noon
Santa Fe National Forest
Challenge yourself this winter break to backpack with snowshoes in New Mexico! We will spend five days backpacking approximately 25 miles and camping along Santa Fe National Forest, viewing wildlife, pinion pines, sagebrush, and enjoying winter time. At the end of the trip, soak in the Hot Springs in Pagosa Springs, Colorado to reward yourself from a hard-weeks work. This trip is partially on the legendary Continental Divide Trail, a the U.S. long-distance hiking trails that spans the U.S. from Canada to Mexico.
Cost Includes: Transportation in 12 passenger van to and from WSU, all large equipment needs, meals on trail, Trip Leaders, Guide from Step Outdoors, LLC, campsite fees, permit fees, post trip hotel, and hot springs entrance fee
Activity Level: Intermediate/Strenuous. Participants do not need prior backpacking or snowshoeing experience. Participants should be able to carry up to a 40lbs backpack for up to 8 miles a day. *Must pass our fitness test of completing two miles with a 40 lb on an inclined treadmill in one hour*
Registration Closes: December 1 or when full. Register here.
**All participants must provide a negative covid test from 72 hours before trip departure*
Brief Itinerary: (detailed itinerary emailed upon sign up)
Jan 1-2: Leave WSU mid morning. Travel days to Echo Amphitheater Campground in Carson National Forest, NM
Jan 3: Travel to trailhead. Hike 5 - 7 miles on the Continental Divide Trail. Camp in backcountry.
Jan 4: Backpack 5-7 miles, camp in backcountry.
Jan 5: Basecamp, play in snow (build a snow shelter, practice navigation skills)
Jan 6: Backpack 5-7miles, camp in backcountry
Jan 7: Hike to trailhead, off trail by mid morning. Head to the hot springs for a shower and a much-needed soak. Head out to dinner. Stay in local lodge in Pagosa Springs.
Jan 8: Travel back to WSU
Jan 9: Arrive at WSU by noon