Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Boulder Ridge Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10483
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:04.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 6.2
Minimum Elevation 5930
Elevation Gain 1693
Total Uphill 2300
Total Downhill 2300
Avg Grade 15 %
Route Type Lollypop
Drive Miles Round Trip 20
Drive Time Oneway 0:20
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Hiking on the boulder ridge offers great views and even an unexpected cave. Walking through the boulders is lots of fun and has you wondering what's around the corner.

Cautions Steep, so hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions Take Tramway south to Copper. Go east to the end of road. Park at PARK-COPPER (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike The hike starts at PARK-COPPER (elev 5930) crossing over the foothill trails until we reach the Mano Trail at MANO2 (1.6 mi), then go east. We stay on this trail until we reach the (MANOSADDLE) (1.9 mi); we then turn north, working our way across the boulder ridge, encountering a cave near the summit (BSUMMIT (2.3 mi). At BOULD3 (3.0 mi), we'll start working our way down toward waypoint NONAMESO (3.4 mi) (there's some bushwhacking descending the hill). We'll follow this trail south to the canyon, then turn west. Walking out of the canyon west, we'll make a sharp turn south at BSOUTH (3.8 mi) walking back to the Mano Trail (MANO1 4.0 mi)). We'll continue on the Mano Trail south. When we reach MANO2 (4.85 mi) we'll turn west, heading back toward the van.

Comments Hiking on the boulder ridge offers great views and even an unexpected cave. Walking through the boulders is lots of fun and has you wondering what's around the corner.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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Waypoints
PARK-COPPER: N35.07921, W106.48462
MANO2: N35.08143, W106.46638
MANOSADDLE: N35.08005, W106.46265
BOULD1: N35.08139, W106.46212
BCAVE: N35.08406, W106.46171
BSUMMIT: N35.08450, W106.46188
BOULD2: N35.08865, W106.45964
BOULD3: N35.09260, W106.46201
NONAMESO: N35.09372, W106.46590
BSOUTH: N35.09216, W106.46998
MANO1: N35.09059, W106.46943
HILL 7100: N35.08702, W106.46650
MANO2: N35.08143, W106.46638


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GPX:WayTrack, 26Jun12, Garmin, Dennis Vick

Text Author Dennis Vick
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dennis Vick
Track Author Dennis Vick
Maintainer Ken Smith