Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

San Antonio Hot Spring - South Route Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10491
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:53.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 8.9
Minimum Elevation 7728
Elevation Gain 617
Total Uphill 895
Total Downhill 895
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 150
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Follow a pleasant tree-lined trail beside San Antonio Creek. Then climb to the hot springs through a lush wildflower meadow.

Cautions Hiking sticks and bathing suits recommended. This hike goes along FR-132 crossing private property (darker green on the map). Stay on the road from PARK to ROAD ROCKS waypoints to avoid trespassing.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-25 north to Bernalillo. From Bernalillo take US 550 west to San Ysidro. Take SR 4 north to La Cueva. Turn left (west) on SR 126. Follow SR 126 for 1.8 miles. Turn right, cross the cattle guard and park along the fence line to the right. Please be sure not to block the road, the gate, or other cars when you park. The hike begins to the north on the road with the gate across it.

Actual Hike From PARK (0.0 mi) go north on the dirt road (not west on the trail) toward waypoint ROAD ROCKS. This dirt road is on private property and the landowners currently allow hikers to walk only on the road, so hikers must stay on this road. Please respect their private property, buildings, and vehicles along this road so that we may continue to have this access to the San Antonio canyon. Once reaching ROAD ROCKS (0.8 mi) the private land ends and you are on USFS land. Continue north on the old road and just past the end of this road, take the trail at RT FORK (2.4 mi). Go north past the trail to the ice cave at CAVE TRAIL (2.5 mi). Continue north on the trail to the first CABIN (4.2 mi) and fork to the left down the dirt road. Make a RT TURN (4.3 mi), and follow the winding uphill trail to the HOT SPRINGS (4.5 mi). Back track out the way you came in.

Comments This is a fantastically beautiful hike especially in the spring when there are acres of wildflowers in full bloom. Most of the time the hike is in the shade and is above San Antonio Creek. Large fish have been seen on occasion.

On 6/18/13 we descended from the hot springs along the north side, turning south just before reaching the creek. This return route added 0.25 mile to the hike.

The feed store/general store in San Ysidro has an extensive trophy room in the back room which is worth stopping for.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N35 53.404, W106 38.889
ROAD ROCKS: N35 54.019, W106 39.152
RT FORK: N35 55.158, W106 39.207
CAVE TRAIL: N35 55.216, W106 39.100
CABIN: N35 56.347, W106 38.730
RT TURN: N35 56.468, W106 38.657
HOT SPRING: N35 56.389, W106 38.602

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GPX:WayTrack, 08Aug12, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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Text Author Frank Ernst
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Frank Ernst
Track Author Frank Ernst
Maintainer Frank Ernst