Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Cabezon Peak Hike
In Cabezon Region

Hike Id H10150
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:44.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 2.2
Minimum Elevation 6480
Elevation Gain 685
Total Uphill 780
Total Downhill 780
Avg Grade 16 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 150
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 A walk around the "shoulder" of the volcanic plug. Great views of Mt. Taylor, Sandias, Sangre de Cristos, and 22 smaller volcanic plugs in the immediate area.

Cautions Steep, so hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions I-25 north. West (left) on US 550 at Bernalillo exit 242. Drive past San Ysidro and at mile marker 38 you can see Cabezon off to your left. After mile marker 41 look for sign "San Luis - Cabezon". Mark odometer and turn left (south) onto paved road. Cabezon Peak will be at 10 o'clock position. Follow road for 12-13 miles (15-18 min.) -- past village of San Luis, onto dirt road, under power lines - to a "Y" fork in the road. (This is where we parked 3/1/01 because of muddy road.) Take the left fork (toward right of peak) for two miles -- cross the deep arroyo (Rio Puerco) and a cattle guard marked "EC" -- to a sign, "Cabezon Peak". Turn left, go about a mile and park.

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Actual Hike Don't get excited, we won't be going up on top. Hike up right (south) side of the peak, following a good, but steep trail. When you get to the top of the base you continue walking around the end, look up and see a crease in the plug where it is possible to go on to the top, but it is rather treacherous, steep, and with loose rock. There is a rock arrow on the ground pointing up to it. The trail goes on east, but climb up on the ridge to the south. There are a bunch of names carved in stones there. Go back down to the trail and continue east, and then turn north. Keep east of the rockslide. Have lunch somewhere along the north side with a view of the old village of Cabezon below. It is now a private ranch without public access. Continue around to the western face noticing the swirling masses of basalt above you. Don't attempt to go down until you can see the vehicle because that is where the easiest slope is.

Comments The hike affords great views to the west and south resembling scenes in Monument Valley on AZ/UT border. The hike data assume that you just go around the peak on the shoulder. If you choose to climb up part or all of the way to the peak, the average grade and climbing distance increase significantly.

The dirt road may be slippery and rutted when wet.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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PARK: N 35 35.818, W 107 06.319
CHIMNEY: N 35 35.845, W 107 05.601

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GPX:WayTrack, 28Sep10, Garmin, Mike Lippke

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Mike Lippke
Track Author Mike Lippke
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre