Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

10K North to Barite Mine Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10139
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:56.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.7
Minimum Elevation 8750
Elevation Gain 1030
Total Uphill 1765
Total Downhill 1765
Avg Grade 9 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 60
Drive Time Oneway 1:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights The barite mine site contains many interesting rocks not generally found in the Sandias. A fun place to look around after lunch.

Cautions Lots of steady but gradual uphill on the return from lunch.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take 1-40 east to Tijeras exit 175, then go north on SR 14 to SR 536. Go east up the mountain for 10.1 miles to PARK 13 (0.0 mi) on the right at the 10K parking lot. A three dollar fee or Golden Age Pass is required to park here.

Actual Hike Note: This hike was formerly called the 10K North to Calcite Mine. The trail starts at the far end of the 10K parking area. The trail goes northward from that point, and is generally shaded by trees. The trail generally follows the contour line, going up and down but losing elevation. The trail goes under POWERLINES (0.7 mi), switches to a section of the OSHA LOOP (1.9 mi) trail, then continues on the OSHA SPRING (2.9 mi) trail to the intersection of the PENASCO BLANCO (3.0), stay straight on the Osha Spring trail to an interesting, abandoned BARITE MINE (3.2 mi). Barite is barium sulfate, a white, crystalline mineral. This mine is the Landsend (Lone Star) barite claim and was excavated by bulldozers which opened many wide pits 8-12 feet deep. In 1968 the Forest Service asked that the claim be declared null and void. It was subsequently so declared in 1977. Have lunch at the mine and return the way you came.

Comments Trail is so named because it generally follows the 10,000 foot contour line.

Garmin Topo U.S. 24K Southwest, Garmin BaseCamp Version 4.6.2 © 2008-2016 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries (

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PARK 13: N 35 12.587, W 106 26.123
POWERLINES: N 35 13.021, W 106 26.472
OSHA LOOP: N 35 13.952, W 106 26.654
OSHA SPRING: N 35 14.548, W 106 26.188
PENASCO BLANCO: N 35 14.666 W 106 26.131
BARITE MINE: N 35 14.730, W 106 25.472

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Text Author Howard Carr
Map Author Howard Carr
Waypoints Author Howard Carr
Track Author Howard Carr
Maintainer Howard Carr