Santa Barbara CG to Santa Barbara Middle Fork Hike
In Pecos North Region
|Last Update||2018-05-22 22:02:38.0|
|Avg Grade||5 %|
|Drive Miles Round Trip||260|
|Drive Time Oneway||2:30|
|Hike Rating||(5.0 by 4 hikers)|
|New Mexico Game Unit||44|
|All On Trail||Yes|
|All Paved/Gravel Roads||Yes|
Trailhead Directions Drive north on I-25 and take the Santa Fe bypass to Espanola; continue toward Taos on Hwy 285. Turn east at 75 TO DIXON and go to Penasco. When the road makes a sharp left turn, go straight at TO 73 SB CG. Go about 1 mile and look for a brown state park sign on the right, which identifies a left turn at TO NF 116 (estimated location). The locals sometimes remove the sign. The road is paved for several miles and then turns into a forest gravel road. The scenery here is of a beautiful valley community and a view of Jicarilla Peak straight ahead at one point. Continue on the gravel road and you will reach the Santa Barbara Campground where there is a parking lot on the left prior to entering the campground. Continue into the campground and take the loop to the right. Drive to the back of the loop. Let all of the hikers out here. The driver needs to return the van to the parking lot to PARK (0.0 mi) at the entrance and walk back to the hiking group.
When returning from the hike, everyone can walk back to the van. Drive back to Albuquerque via the town of Truchas. Leave the campground and retrace the drive back to Penasco and head west on Hwy 76. After one or two miles, turn left at 76 TO TRUCHAS. Continue south and turn right in Truchas at TO CHIMAYO. Turn left at the Ortega Weavers. If desired, turn left in several blocks and visit the SANTUARIO. If you're hungry, continue past the Santuario about 1/2 mile and turn into the Rancho de Chimayo RESTAURANT. After visiting the restaurant, continue on the highway southeast, take a right at TURN ON 503, and continue back to Hwy 285 and I-25 to Albuquerque. By taking a different road back to Albuquerque, you get to see a lot of different scenery and many small northern NM towns. This trip should leave early and return about 6pm.
Actual Hike The trailhead is directly across from the parking lot, but DO NOT take this trail. After the driver parks the van and returns to the hiking group, find the trail at the end of the loop slightly southwest through a fence gate. The hike meanders next to the river and away from it passing through lush meadows. At one point when you are hiking down an incline, there is a good view of Chimayosos Peak on the top of the Santa Barbara Divide. The trail crosses a wooden BRIDGE (1.8 mi) over the Santa Barbara River. The trail splits at a JUNCTION (2.5 mi), take the right fork. (The left fork continues up the East and Middle Forks of the Santa Barbara River.) Immediately after the JUNCTION, the West Fork trail goes down hill and crosses the Santa Barbara River below the junction of the West Fork and the Middle/East Fork. CROSS (2.9 mi) the bridge and find a place for lunch. Return to the van by the same trail. Follow the directions back to Albuquerque via the other route to enjoy a different view on the way home.
Comments If you continue on this trail it opens up into a large long meadow and then climbs the mountain to the west of Chimayosos Peak to the top of the Santa Barbara Divide and the Skyline Trail.
This hike is in the northern part of the Sangre de Cristos, in Carson National Forest.
Garmin Topo U.S. 24K Southwest, Garmin BaseCamp Version 4.6.2 © 2008-2016 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries (www.garmin.com)
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75 TO DIXON: N36 12.691 W105 54.645
73 TO SB CG: N36 10.174 W105 41.195
TO NF 116: N36 09.095 W105 40.364
PARK: N36 05.326 W105 36.630
MILEAGE SIGN: N36 04.173 W105
BRIDGE: N36 03.945 W105 36.736
JUNCTION: N36 03.447 W105 36.891
CROSS: N36 03.248 W105 36.932
76 TO TRUCHAS: N36 11.035 W105 42.351
TO CHIMAYO: N36 02.650 W105 48.764
SANTUARIO: N36 00.064 W105 55.749
RESTAURANT: N35 59.946 W105 55.798
TURN ON 503: N35 57.252 W105 56.301
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GPX:WayTrack, 26Jun11, Garmin, Rodger Carlson
|Text Author||Rodger Carlson|
|Map Author||Marilyn Warrant|
|Waypoints Author||Rodger Carlson|
|Track Author||Rodger Carlson|