Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Seven Springs Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10083
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:10.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 5.7
Minimum Elevation 8068
Elevation Gain 277
Total Uphill 302
Total Downhill 302
Avg Grade 4 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 165
Drive Time Oneway 1:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.3 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All On Trail Yes

Highlights Stream through open green valley lined by pines and sandstone cliffs. Wildflowers and fish.

Cautions Cattle graze in the riparian area so beware the many cow pies.

Trailhead Directions Take SR 126 west from SR 4 at La Cueva. Take a right on FR 314, which is 3.2 miles beyond the end of the bridge that crosses the marsh at Fenton Lake, to the Seven Springs fish hatchery . Continue past the fish hatchery to the day use area, and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Hike Trail 68 past OATCANYON (0.5 mi) and HAYCANYON (1.0 mi) to a LAKE (1.5 mi), then on past a ROCKMOUND (1.7 mi) and PONYCANYON (2.3 mi) until taking an opportunity to CROSS (2.6 mi) the stream and visit the SPRING (2.8 mi). On the way back, when you get to the lake, you can go down the other side of the stream for a little variety. If you'd like to avoid crossing the stream more than twice, you can stick to the western side of the stream until near the spring.

Comments Jim Giachino says this was a hideout for Al Capone. Grassy meadows, nice little lake and babbling brook, craggy rocks with many birds and other wildlife. Ex: elk, deer, beaver, squirrel, mallard, vulture, Golden eagle, Marsh and Red-tailed hawks, Steller's jays. We even saw a big fish in the middle of the road (spilled out of hatchery truck.) Calaveras Canyon is the next canyon over on your left. Stop at the fish hatchery on the way home to see fingerlings and larger fish. Check ahead to verify that the gate at the Fish Hatchery to the day-use "campground" is open. You can call the hatchery at 1-575-829-3740 to inquire. In previous years, the gate has remained closed until Memorial Day.

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PARK: N35 56.144, W106 40.996
OATCANYON: N35 56.329, W106 40.574
HAYCANYON: N35 56.743, W106 40.351
LAKE: N35 57.126, W106 40.422
ROCKMOUND: N35 57.276, W106 40.354
YELLOWSIGN: N35 57.369, W106 40.269
PONYCANYON: N35 57.648, W106 40.008
CROSS: N35 57.859, W106 39.900
SPRING: N35 57.854, W106 39.681

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