Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Goblin Rocks Loop Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10117
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:47.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 3.8
Minimum Elevation 6860
Elevation Gain 595
Total Uphill 595
Total Downhill 595
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 110
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Tent rocks, sandstone & tuff formations eroded to strange shapes, petroglyphs, ending with a walk down Paliza Canyon.

Cautions Very steep sections requiring hiking poles.

Trailhead Directions From Bernalillo take US 550 to San Ysidro. Take SR 4 north to the intersection with SR 290. Turn right onto SR 290 and proceed through the town of Ponderosa and past the Paliza campgrounds to a branch in the road. Go left, this is FR 10. About 0.4 miles from the branch there will be an old road bearing right. This is the return route. PARK (0.0 mi) on the right side of the road.

Actual Hike From parking the hike continues on Forest Road 10 to some TENT ROCKS (0.7 mi) formations on the left in at the 0.8 mile point. After that the ascent flattens somewhat in a small pine valley, then goes more steeply up the road to the TO GOBLIN (2.0 mi) rocks point. This point is easy to miss. Look for a point where the ridge to the right of the road comes down almost to road level, and there is a widened area in the road. Go over the low rise on the right and goblin formations will be seen. The hike continues by descending through a maze of rock formations. Start by taking a traversing route downward to the right. There is no defined trail and the terrain is very steep. There are many winding routes down. Some do not work. The descent is 300 feet of vertical in 1/2 mile. At the BOTTOM (2.4 mi) turn right and follow an old two track forest road south for 1.3 miles to the Paliza area at PARK (0.0 mi).

Comments The route down through the Goblin Rocks area is steep and difficult. The hike can start anywhere along Forest Road 10 at the discretion of the hike leader. The description of the hike assumes a start at the lowest point on FR 10, before the gate. With a shuttle arrangement, the hike can be done starting at the highest point as a down only hike.

Access to this hike may be a problem. If the hike is done in late fall, winter or early spring, the GATE (0.4 mi) on FR 10 may be locked. Check with the USFS if in doubt if the hike is to start beyond the gate. After heavy rain, call the Jemez Ranger District to check on road conditions for FR 10.

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PARK: N 35 42.569, W 106 37.646
GATE: N 35 42.923, W 106 37.642
TENT ROCKS: N 35 42.990, W 106 37.773
TO GOBLIN: N 35 43.662, W 106 37.194
BOTTOM: N 35 43.452, W 106 37.200

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GPX:WayTrack, 19Sep10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre