Otero Canyon East Loop Hike
In Cedro Peak Region
|Last Update||2018-05-22 22:02:36.0|
|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
Map File Download it. Usually a larger image.
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|