Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

4th of July - Albuquerque Trail Loop Short Hike
In Manzano Mountains East Region

Hike Id H10039
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:11.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.5
Minimum Elevation 7438
Elevation Gain 810
Total Uphill 985
Total Downhill 985
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 100
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 14
All On Trail Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Wonderful hike in the fall with the red and yellow colors of maple leaves.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended for the downhill return.

Trailhead Directions I-40 East to Tijeras exit, south on SR 337 to its end, right (west) on SR 55 to Tajique. Look for sign in Tajique for "4th of July Canyon." Take FR 55 about 6.5 miles. At the 6.5 mile point the road will bend to the left. Just beyond the bend on the right side of the road there will be two large parking areas separated by an island with an outhouse. You have gone too far if you reach the 4th of July Canyon CGA.

Actual Hike The trail starts at the north end of parking. Hike out to a sign that says 4th of July Canyon Tr. Spur (TO 4TH (0.1 mi)). Go left there and in a mile you will come to 4th of July Canyon Tr (4TH TR (1.0)). Follow it out to the intersection 4TH-ABQ (1.6 mi) where you turn right onto the Albuquerque Trail. Continue north on the Albuquerque Trail past the intersection with the MOSCA (3.0 mi) Trail. You'll make a right turn on the Albuquerque Trail and head east and then south back to the vehicle at the Albuquerque Tr. Trailhead.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N34 47.614 W106 22.357
TO 4TH: N34 47.684 W106 22.439
4TH TR: N34 47.675 W106 23.256
4TH-ABQ: N34 47.834 W106 23.619
MOSCA: N34 48.468 W106 23.354

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GPX:WayTrack, 26Apr11, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Marilyn Warrant