Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Beyond Meseta De Ricardo Hike
In Ojito Region

Hike Id H10116
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:35.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.2
Minimum Elevation 5830
Elevation Gain 200
Total Uphill 330
Total Downhill 330
Avg Grade 3 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 100
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Many sandstone formations and other rocky expanses, mesas and badlands areas. Interesting red cap rock area.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go north to the intersection of I 25 and US 550 (formerly SR 44) in Bernalillo go northwest on US 550 for 20.9 miles to Cabezon Road. This intersection is about 2 miles before San Ysidro. Turn left onto Cabezon Road. Almost immediately there is a Y in the road, go left. At 10.9 miles there is a gas pipeline compression station. Turn right onto Pipeline road, and go 1.4 miles to a small CORRAL on your right. Go right and open the wire gate (close it) and go as far as is comfortable for the driver and park. The furtherest and most difficult drive is to PARK (0.0 mi).

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Actual Hike At PARK (0.0 mi) there is a windmill, old ranch building, and a pass through (open the wire gate) and go through to the other side of the fence. Then go north and visit the ranch ruins after about a quarter of a mile. Then go about two tenths of a mile north to the FENCE1 (0.6 mi) pass through. Go right (east) along the base of the low mesa to the north. There are small badlands formations and interesting rock in this area. After about a half mile FENCE2 (1.0 mi) is crossed. Go up and over the ridge into the arroyo beyond. Go north up the arroyo for about one half mile, where there is a split. Do not go up the canyon to the left. Keep right and continue another half mile. After FENCE3 (2.5 mi) enter the canyon on the left. There are interesting formations in this canyon. Then climb up out of the canyon and go westward along fence 4 for about three tenths of a mile. There will be a break at FENCE4 (3.2 mi), turn south. Shortly there will be the edge of a canyon, a nice spot to sit and have lunch. Then climb down the canyon and go to the other side where there is an easy way EASY UP (3.7 mi) the other side, just find it. This area is the destination of the Meseta de Ricardo hike and the Mesita De Ricardo - Northwest Passage hike. For more information about this area, see the descriptions of these hikes. Proceed toward the base of the small high mesa and down through the rock formation maze and down off the ledge. Proceed back to the FENCE1 crossing and back to parking.

Comments This hike is in the Ojito Wilderness Area, wilderness restrictions apply. A loop hike over largely rough and varied terrain. Although the map shows an intrusion into State Land Office land, this section has been transferred to the BLM who manage the Ojito Wilderness Area.

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CORRAL: N 35 30.221, W 106 57.393
PARK: N 35 30.652, W 106 56.603
RANCH: N 35 30.933, W 106 56.736
FENCE1: N 35 31.126, W 106 56.797
FENCE2: N 35 31.168, W 106 56.379
RUIN: N 35 31.678, W 106 55.830
FENCE3: N 35 31.854, W 106 55.613
FENCE4: N 35 32.077, W 106 56.248
EASY UP: N 35 31.701, W 106 56.340
MESETA: N 35 31.585, W 106 56.491
THE BOOK: N 35 31.545, W 106 56.478
THE BREAD: N 35 31.255, W 106 56.754

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GPX:WayTrack, 12Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Tom Dieterle