Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Domingo Baca To Waterfall Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10159
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:19.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.8
Minimum Elevation 6469
Elevation Gain 1239
Total Uphill 1239
Total Downhill 1239
Avg Grade 10 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 12
Drive Time Oneway 0:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Good views of Mt. Taylor, Cabezon, and the Ladrones. A babbling brook makes for a pleasant hike. In spring, even a waterfall!

Cautions Trekking poles will be helpful for the one steep section near the top.

Trailhead Directions Tramway north past Academy. Turn right at brown Elena Gallegos Picnic Area sign. Turn right after gate and go to parking area.

Actual Hike Go north to CHANGE (1.1 mi) from Elena Gallegos Park then northeast into canyon as far as desired. Watch for important turning point: where you can see Tram Tower 2 and the stream comes trickling down the right side of the canyon from about 12' up. After the STONEHOUSE (1.7 mi), follow the water up (generally on the left of water). GOLEFT (1.8 mi) at the slick area to keep from falling, and use the convenient log to climb up at LOG (2.1 mi) . After this point, the trail gets even steeper. There's a STUMPCAIRN (2.5 mi) marking a way to get to the lower falls (though we weren't able to find a usable trail in 5/10). In good weather, go to UPPERFALLS (2.7 mi) which may have falling water. In any case, the tall, narrow gorge is beautiful slick rock with the first aspens of the hike and a good place for lunch.

Comments Good views of city, distant mountains: Mt. Taylor, Cabezon, Ladron. Watch the tram cars cross in distance. Water in nice babbling brook often frozen in winter. The upper canyon is in winter shadow so can be much colder than out in the open.

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PARK: N 35 09.799, W 106 28.190
CHANGE: N 35 10.532, W 106 28.121
STONEHOUSE: N 35 10.806, W 106 27.717
GOLEFT: N 35 10.885, W 106 27.614
LOG: N 35 10.919, W 106 27.398
STUMPCAIRN: N 35 11.110, W 106 27.058
UPPERFALLS: N 35 11.205, W 106 27.002

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GPX:WayTrack, 28Sep10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Nancy Carr