Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Paliza Canyon - Goblin Colony Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10403
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:38.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.3
Minimum Elevation 6855
Elevation Gain 830
Total Uphill 830
Total Downhill 830
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type Lollypop
Drive Miles Round Trip 110
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.8 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Explore the structure of these unique outer-space-like rock formations.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended for the steep decline near Goblin rocks.

Trailhead Directions From Bernalillo take US 550 to San Ysidro. Take SR 4 north to the intersection with SR 290. Turn right onto SR 290 and proceed through the town of Ponderosa and past the Paliza campgrounds to a branch in the road. Go left, this is FR 10. About 0.4 miles from the branch there will be an old road bearing right. This is the return route. PARK (0.0 mi) on the right side of the road.

Actual Hike The direction of this hike is counter clockwise. Leave FR 10 and take the side road at PARK (0.0 mi). Continue up this old road. When the road branches, take the LEFT (0.9 mi) branch. The old road becomes a trail that goes off to the right and makes two switchbacks before it goes steadily northeast. Visit some Indian ruins at RUINS 1 (2.4 mi). At about 800 feet after leaving the ruins, you will encounter a Y intersection, go left. Then go on up the road to the FENCE CORNER (2.9 mi). Go left along the north side of the fence to a point where the fence is down and cross over the fence. There will be piles of rocks ahead. These are the RUINS 2 (3.0 mi). Wander south through the ruins. There is a "Respect your heritage" sign at the south end of the ruins. Pass over a second downed fence and follow a faint trail which will become an abandoned road above FR 100. Continue down to DOWN GOBLINS (3.4 mi). Go down through the goblin formations, traversing to the far side, then back across and down to the bottom. At this point you will be on the road that you started on. Go right and hike back to the van.

Comments The Goblin Rocks have been shaped by wind and water into gigantic "Easter Island" heads. The route down through the Goblin Rocks area is steep and difficult. Bring your hiking sticks.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 35 42.569, W 106 37.646
LEFT: N 35 43.109, W 106 37.160
RUINS 1: N 35 43.703, W 106 36.691
FENCE CORNER: N 35 43.958, W 106 36.937
RUINS 2: N 35 43.877, W 106 37.020
DOWN GOBLINS: N 35 43.662, W 106 37.193

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GPX:WayTrack, 21May11, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Vivian Heyward
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Vivian Heyward