Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Bear Wallow - Borrego Loop Hike
In Sangre De Cristos Region

Hike Id H10222
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:30.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 3.9
Minimum Elevation 8238
Elevation Gain 653
Total Uphill 860
Total Downhill 860
Avg Grade 9 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 44
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Mountain stream; dense forest. Some fun stream crossings over logs for the adventuresome.

Cautions Trekking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions Take I-25 north to Santa Fe. Take the Old Pecos Trail exit 284 and follow to Paseo de Peralta. Turn right and follow to Washington Avenue, just before the pink Masonic Temple. Turn north on Washington, then east on Artist Road, which becomes Hyde Park Rd. Follow it past Chamisa trailhead, milepost 8, entrance sign to Hyde Memorial State Park, Visitor's Center and Lodge, mp 9, almost up to top of hill and park at left just before sign "Leaving Hyde State Park." This is the PARK (0.0 mi) area for the trailhead (Borrego Tr.).

Actual Hike Follow the trail down to the signpost. Bear Wallow Trail goes off to the left, whereas Borrego goes straight ahead. The hike is a triangle composed of trails 182 to the left, 264 and 160 coming back on the right (clockwise). When you start off down the trail you will come to an immediate fork or two. Always take the most traveled going down canyon. You will come to a nasty toilet on the left and a water tub on the right. Follow Bear Wallow Tr. 182 left at signpost and FORK (0.3 mi), down canyon to 3 switchbacks before coming to Tesuque Creek at the WEST CROSSING (1.5 mi). Cross on a nasty log. Follow Winsor Trail upstream along the north side of the Creek to another fork at the BORREGO JUNCTION (2.3 mi). Go right on Borrego (lamb) Tr. 150 which heads back to the creek. Have lunch there in a nice meadow by the log EAST CROSSING (2.4 mi). There are nice small waterfalls to the left of the crossing. Follow Borrego Tr. 150 up to top of the RIDGE (3.2 mi) and down to close the loop at junction with Bear Wallow Tr. and return to trailhead.

Comments A beautiful place of tall aspens and pines.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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PARK: N 35 44.792, W 105 50.058
FORK: N 35 45.081, W 105 50.046
WEST CROSSING: N 35 45.628, W 105 50.737
BORREGO JUNCTION: N 35 45.897, W 105 49.991
EAST CROSSING: N 35 45.827, W 105 49.999
RIDGE: N 35 45.377, W 105 49.920

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GPX:WayTrack, 28Sep10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Pat Newman