Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Corrales To Rivers Edge Hike
In Corrales Region

Hike Id H10113
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:45.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 8.3
Minimum Elevation 5031
Elevation Gain 47
Total Uphill 446
Total Downhill 446
Avg Grade 2 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 20
Drive Time Oneway 0:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Hike along the Rio Grande through the cottonwoods. Look for porcupines in the winter.

Trailhead Directions In Albuquerque take Alameda Boulevard west across the Rio Grande, note odometer at Jct of Alameda with Coors/Corrales Road. Turn right and follow Corrales Road north for approx. 4.9 miles. Turn right at Romero Road which is just after crossing a ditch, immediately after a guardrail and a horse crossing sign. Go about 1/4 mile to PARK at the East end of the dirt road, which can be very muddy and deeply rutted with recent rain.

Actual Hike Hike east across the ditch bank until you come to the river, turn north, and follow the trail through the bosque near the river. After approximately 2 miles, you will cross a parking lot and the trail continues up a bluff, then dips down and through another parking lot. At this point, you enter Rio Rancho Bosque and the trail follows a bluff along the river with expensive homes on the west side of the trail. Continue hiking north for approximately 1.5 miles. The trail descends into the nicely landscaped Rio Rancho Bosque park area with interpretive signs, and a parking lot which is at the north end of Rivers EDGE (4.1 mi). This is the turn around point, return by the same route.

The turn around point is a good place to have lunch if it's windy, but for a grand view of the Sandia Mountains, return about 1 mile south and have lunch on the bluff overlooking the river.

Comments You can weave in and out of the bosque along the river or hike along the ditch bank to view cranes and geese feeding in the fields during winter months. Porcupines are frequently seen sleeping in the trees on cold mornings and coyote in the bosque along the river.

You can also hike this route by parking at the northern end of Rio Rancho's Rivers Edge subdivision and do the hike in reverse. Trail follows the edge of the bluff that overlooks the river and the Sandias, then through cottonwoods along the river or the ditch banks. Follow the trail about 4 miles and return.

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PARK: N 35 15.290, W 106 35.653
EDGE: N 35 18.190, W 106 34.733

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Text Author Dawn McIntyre
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre