Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Juan Tabo Canyon Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10091
Last Update 2020-06-22 19:23:01.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.4
Minimum Elevation 6100
Elevation Gain 910
Total Uphill 1040
Total Downhill 1040
Avg Grade 12 %
Route Type Figure8
Drive Miles Round Trip 32
Drive Time Oneway 0:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (3.3 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Views of the canyon, Sandias, and the city in the distance.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions In Albuquerque go north on Tramway Blvd to Forest Hwy 333, the road to the La Luz trailhead. Follow 333 northeast for a short distance and PARK (0.0 mi) at the pay station on the right. A three dollar fee or Golden Age Pass is required to park here.

Actual Hike Cross the road and go up the trail to the ridge. There are two points where your out and back paths will cross. After passing over the ridge follow the trail along the back side to CROSS1 (0.4 mi). Stay right at this intersection. A small narrow canyon is entered. The trail goes upward to the 1.4 mile point at CROSS2 (1.4 mi). Stay left. The trail circles around to the left, going out onto a prominence to VIEW1 (1.9 mi). From here there is a good view into Lower Juan Tabo canyon. Then return, going left at the Y and up the ridge to VIEW2 (2.4 mi). This is the highest point on the hike, with good views in all directions. This is also where the geocache "Alas, Poor Yorick" resides. The trail then drops down, curving to the right towards CROSS2. Continue straight ahead downward to the point RIGHT (3.0 mi). By going sharp right to VIEW3 (3.2 mi), there is another view into Lower Juan Tabo. Or skip it and continue down to CROSS1. Go straight and up over the ridge, proceeding down to the road. A short distance down the road is PARK.

Comments This hike involves some steep hiking. The average grade for this hike is 12%.

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PARK: N35 12.152, W106 30.245
CROSS1: N35 12.422, W106 30.097
CROSS2: N35 13.043, W106 29.834
VIEW1: N35 13.203, W106 29.821
VIEW2: N35 12.998, W106 29.548
RIGHT: N35 12.894, W106 30.013
VIEW3: N35 13.037, W106 30.087

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GPX:WayTrack, 23Jun10, Garmin, Dick Brown

Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer John Rivers