Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Otero Canyon East Loop Hike
In Cedro Peak Region

Hike Id H10024
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:36.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.3
Minimum Elevation 6797
Elevation Gain 557
Total Uphill 993
Total Downhill 993
Avg Grade 6 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 40
Drive Time Oneway 0:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 14
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights A well-marked forested trail along the ridges of the Manzanita Mountain foothills close to Albuquerque.

Cautions In winter, the trail may be covered with snow/ice. Therefore, hike trekking poles and/or boot traction devices are highly recommended.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 east. Take exit 175 south to Tijeras. From the traffic light in Tijeras go south on NM 337 (Old Highway 14) for 4 miles to Otero Canyon, PARK (0.0 mi) on the right.

Actual Hike The Otero Canyon trail (#5056) goes south on an old road bed for a short distance, then drops off the paved road, crossing a small stream bed. It proceeds up the canyon to where 5236-BLUERIBBN (0.3 mi) comes in from the far left, around your left shoulder. Take this trail around to the north (not intuitive) for a half a mile before heading back southeast to 5057-GNASTY (2.2 mi). At this point the trail turns southwest and then west down into a ravine to 5056-OTERO CYN (3.2 mi). The return portion is a pleasant hike down the canyon to PARK (5.3 mi).

Comments The Otero Canyon East Loop hike trails are shown in the middle left part of the Manzanita Mountains Trail System map.

Hike data were determined using a Garmin GPSMap 62 and Garmin BaseCamp's DEM for TOPO US 24K Southwest.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N35 02.079, W106 22.455
5236-BLUERIBBN: N35 01.862, W106 22.425
5057-GNASTY: N35 01.198, W106 21.763
5056-OTEROCYN: N35 00.779, W106 22.204

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 01Aug15, Garmin, Bill Gloyd

Text Author Bill Gloyd
Map Author Bill Gloyd
Waypoints Author Bill Gloyd
Track Author Bill Gloyd
Maintainer Bill Gloyd