Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

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

Hike Id H10515
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:34.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 3.0
Minimum Elevation 7415
Elevation Gain 320
Total Uphill 450
Total Downhill 450
Avg Grade 6 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 100
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (3.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 14
All On Trail Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights A good fall foliage hike for maples.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended for the downhill return.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take 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. Just beyond the bend on the right side of the road there will be two large parking areas. Park here.

Actual Hike From PARK (0.0 mi) take Albuquerque Trail north to TURN BACK (0.5 mi) and turn back, returning to TO 4JULY (0.9 mi). Turn right here and take the Albuquerque Trail Bypass west TO ABQ (1.7 mi). Turn left and go down the Fourth Of July Trail. Along this section of the hike there are many maples, which are very colorful in the fall. You will pass through the camping area to the intersection with FR55 (2.4 mi). Turn left and follow the forest road, which also is lined with maples, to parking.

Comments A good fall maples hike

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

Map File Download it.  Usually a larger image.

PARK: N 34 47.604, W 106 22.352
TURN BACK: N 34 47.975, W 106 22.583
TO 4JULY: N 34 47.676, W 106 22.440
TO ABQ: N 34 47.674, W 106 23.271
FR55: N 34 47.399, W 106 22.745

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 10Oct14, Garmin, Dick Brown

Pictures Click here to see them.

Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Tom Dieterle