Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

San Lorenzo Canyon Loop Hike
In Socorro Region

Hike Id H10138
Last Update 2019-05-05 10:47:49.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 3.9
Minimum Elevation 5275
Elevation Gain 585
Total Uphill 510
Total Downhill 510
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 1:35
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (4.5 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 13
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Interesting drive to the trailhead, passing sandstone features. From the ridge, views of the surrounding terrain and peaks, including nearby Polvadera Peak.

Cautions Poles may be useful. There is a rock scramble to get on the trail and an off-trail steep descent.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-25 South to exit 163, San Acacia. Go east to the frontage road and go south 2.2 miles and turn right onto a paved road which goes under I-25. After passing through the tunnel stay straight onto a dirt road. Go for 2 miles to a small sign on the right "San Lorenzo Canyon" and turn right. After a short distance the road curves to the left and heads west. Go about 3.4 miles to the canyon barrier and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Find a way up over the barrier on the left side of the canyon. Go up the main canyon for about 0.5 miles. Before reaching a fence across the main canyon go toward the left canyon wall and find a steep road which goes OUT (0.5 mi) up the side of the canyon to a ridge. The next segment of the hike is along this south running ridge. Stay on the rising ridge for about 1 mile. Do not take any side roads. At the 1.4 mile point from the start of the hike there will be a road coming in from the sharp right. TURN RIGHT (1.4 mi) and go toward the arroyo to the north. At this point a road is visible which crosses the arroyo and then goes up the side of the high ridge to the west. Stay on this road until the top of the ridge is reached where there is a good spot for lunch at the VIEWPOINT (2.3 mi). Return to the road and go to LEAVE (2.4 mi) and turn right and follow the ridge to DOWN (2.6 mi). Turn a sharp right and follow a faint roadbed downward until you enter a SIDE CANYON (3.0 mi). Go left down the side canyon until it meets the main canyon and then go right. Then proceed back down the main canyon to the barrier and parking.

Comments This hike has been redesigned to eliminate encroaching on Sevietta Wildlife Refuge land. This hike is on State Land Office land.

The hike has been changed to C level due to some rock scrambling and steep, off trail descent.

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PARK: N34 14.406, W107 00.349
OUT: N34 14.137, W107 00.635
TURN RIGHT: N34 13.462, W107 00.568
VIEWPOINT: N34 13.570, W107 01.103
LEAVE: N34 13.614, W107 01.121
DOWN: N34 13.800, W107 01.120
SIDE CANYON: N34 13.909, W107 00.790

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Cindy McConnell