Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

4th Of July - Crest - Albuquerque Trail Loop Long Hike
In Manzano Mountains East Region

Hike Id H10284
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:29.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 8.3
Minimum Elevation 7471
Elevation Gain 1391
Total Uphill 1684
Total Downhill 1684
Avg Grade 11 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 100
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 14
All On Trail Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Wonderful hike in the fall with the red and yellow colors of maple leaves.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended for the downhill return.

Trailhead Directions I-40 East to Tijeras exit, south on SR 337 to its end, right (west) on SR 55 to Tajique. Look for sign in Tajique for "4th of July Canyon." Take FR 55 about 6.5 miles. At the 6.5 mile point the road will bend to the left. Go past the Albuquerque Trail trailhead to the 4th of July Campground. PARK (0.0 mi) near the beginning of the Maple Loop trail.

Actual Hike Start at the beginning of the MAPLELP (0.2 mi) Trail, then join the 4th of July Trail at 4TH TR. Continue uphill past the junction with the Albuquerque Trail 4TH-ABQ (1.4 mi) and the Cerro Blanco Trail CERROBLA (2.1 mi). You'll reach the intersection with the Manzano Crest Trail CRESTINT (2.7 mi). Take a few minutes to check out the overlook of the Rio Grande Valley to the west. If the wind isn't too strong, you could have lunch there. An even better spot for LUNCH (3.3 mi) is in a protected grove of maples north along the Manzano Crest Trail. Continue north on Manzano Crest Trail until it ends at the Mosca Trail (MOSCA (3.9 mi)), which you'll follow until it connects with the Albuquerque Trail ABQTRAIL (4.7 mi). Take that to the 4TH CUTOFF where you'll take a right back to 4TH TR to complete the loop. You then can retrace your steps through the Maple Loop Trail or just follow the road back to PARK.

Comments What you see to the west from the overlook is a subdivision called Meadow Lake and the towns of Valencia and Los Lunas directly beyond. This is a great hike especially during the fall. If you choose to do the hike in the spring or summer, you could eliminate the Maple Loop Trail and start instead at the Albuquerque Trail trailhead at PARK-ALT.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK-ALT: N 34 47.616, W 106 22.358
PARK: N 34 47.414, W 106 22.820
MAPLELP: N 34 47.408, W 106 22.934
4TH: N 34 47.594, W 106 22.991
4TH-SPUR: N 34 47.675, W 106 23.256
4TH-ABQ: N 34 47.834, W 106 23.619
CERROBLA: N 34 47.552, W 106 23.808
CRESTINT: N 34 47.841, W 106 24.052
OVERLOOK: N 34 48.035, W 106 24.139
LUNCH: N 34 48.224, W 106 24.032
MOSCA: N 34 48.573, W 106 23.815
ABQTRAIL: N 34 48.468, W 106 23.354
TO 4TH: N 34 47.684, W 106 22.439

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GPX:WayTrack, 21Oct10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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