Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Las Huertas Open Space Hike
In Placitas Region

Hike Id H10088
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:49.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 5.0
Minimum Elevation 5326
Elevation Gain 334
Total Uphill 673
Total Downhill 673
Avg Grade 5 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 60
Drive Time Oneway 0:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (3.0 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Pleasant loop hike where you will encounter tame "wild" horses and hike arroyos and ridges.

Trailhead Directions To get to the lower trailhead (less driving): I-25 north to Bernalillo exit 242. Follow frontage road north to La Fargo Co.'s Sand and Gravel operation. Just beyond their gate is Camino Manzana. Follow it east past Third Mesa Ct. and turn left onto Santa Ana Loop which starts off going north and makes several turns. After Seasons Cir., it heads south. Watch for Cloudview Ct on the left. Turn east there and there is a gate into public lands a short distance away. Go through the gate and park at the turn around circle at the end of the road.

Actual Hike You will notice two cliffs on the south side of the creek that are quite sheer. The hike visits the easternmost one. They are of "natural concrete" which looks just like real concrete with stones and gravel in a cement-like matrix. The lunch site offers a nice overlook of some unusual private homes. One is a sod-covered hogan with skylight. The grounds also house a llama, pigeons, horses, goats and other creatures. Another optional lunch site is in a grassy area in the creek that would offer more shelter if there is wind.

Comments This great winter hike is part of Albuquerque's Open Space Program yet it is in the town of Placitas which has responsibility for its oversight. There is a Riparian Restoration Project ongoing with the goal of getting Las Huertas (The Orchards) Creek to slow down, meander and get more trees and shrubs growing.

Roger Holloway © 2005

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PARK-LOWER: N 35 20.214, W 106 29.089
PARK-UPPER: N 35 20.379, W 106 27.628

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GPX:WayTrack, 21Mar12, Garmin, John Boyd

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Roger Holloway
Waypoints Author John Boyd
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre