Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Aspen Vista Hike
In Sangre De Cristos Region

Hike Id H10006
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:50.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 8.0
Minimum Elevation 9980
Elevation Gain 1400
Total Uphill 1465
Total Downhill 1465
Avg Grade 10 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 44
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Climb through aspen forests to enjoy spectacular fall foliage and expansive views.

Cautions High elevation hike.

Trailhead Directions Take I-25 north to Santa Fe. Take the Old Pecos Trail exit 284 and follow to Paseo de Peralta. Turn right and follow to Washington Avenue, just before the pink Masonic Temple. Turn north on Washington, then east on Artist Road, which becomes Hyde Park Rd. Continue past the Big Tesuque campground to Aspen Vista PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Park at Aspen Vista Picnic Area. The hike follows a road that accesses Tesuque Peak. It begins at about 10,000' elevation and ascends steadily through beautiful aspen forests. We saw lovely wildflowers all along the way. There are excellent views of the Santa Fe area at several openings in the forest. At about 2.4 miles and 11,000 feet the road makes a sharp switchback and begins traversing the mountainside in the opposite direction. The forest also changes to mostly evergreen. Continuing another mile on this gradually ascending "switchback" you reach about 11,250 feet and a wonderful VIEW (3.6 mi). A lovely large bristlecone pine stands beside the road. It's a good lunch spot. Continue to the RIDGE VIEW (4.0 mi) for a more expansive view, then return to parking. If you are entertaining continuing to the top it is another 2 miles one way, making it a 12 mile E rated hike.

An option on the return trip is for the driver to hike down to the Aspen Vista trailhead, pick up the van, and meet the hikers at the BIG TESUQUE parking lot. The hikers take the trail starting at TO BIG TESUQUE (7.2 mi) downhill through a forest to the BIG TESUQUE trailhead. This option is about 0.5 mi longer, but worth it.

Comments The aspens should be in spectacular color in the fall.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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Aspen Vista
PARK: N35 46.632, W105 48.664
VIEW: N35 46.225, W105 47.383
RIDGE VIEW: N35 46.525, W105 47.496

TO BIG TESUQUE: N35 46.730, W105 48.088
BIG TESUQUE: N35 46.192, W105 48.559

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GPX:WayTrack, 18Jan16, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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Text Author Marilyn Warrant
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre