Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Embudito Canyon Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10161
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:32.0
Hike Class E
Hike Miles 7.9
Minimum Elevation 6232
Elevation Gain 1407
Total Uphill 2450
Total Downhill 2450
Avg Grade 15 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 20
Drive Time Oneway 0:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights A challenging hike, with sandstone formations, wildflowers, views of Embudito Canyon and the city.

Cautions Steep with little pebbles, so hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions East on Montgomery past Tramway, north on Glenwood Hills, east on Trailhead Rd. PARK (0.0 mi) at the end of the road.

Actual Hike Hike eastward toward base of canyon on Embudito Tr. 192. The trail turns north to follow the southern slope south-easterly. The canyon starts out wide and covered with tall cholla. Then it turns to the south and then back to the east again. As it does it becomes very narrow and is faced with very steep and smooth rocks. After the WASH (2.2 mi), the canyon becomes shaded. Go as far as OSOPASS (3.9 mi), have lunch, and return the way you came.

Comments Be sure to bring your hiking sticks for stability coming down the trail. The upper part of Embudito Canyon is beautiful, with large trees. Once you leave the trees, the trail is sunny and dry.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 35 08.161, W 106 28.922
WASH: N 35 08.033, W 106 27.466
OSOPASS: N 35 07.064, W 106 26.593

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GPX:WayTrack, 25Sep10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Randy Simons