Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Bird House Ridge Loop Hike
In Cedro Peak Region

Hike Id H10520
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:34.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.8
Minimum Elevation 6593
Elevation Gain 638
Total Uphill 1114
Total Downhill 1114
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 40
Drive Time Oneway 0:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 14
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Beautiful, woodsy well-groomed trail close to home. As the name implies, you'll hear a number of bird sounds along the trail.

Cautions Bring hiking poles for the steep parts. For snow, boot clamp-on traction devices work well.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 east to exit 175. Go south to Tijeras. From the traffic light in Tijeras go south on NM 337 (Old Highway 14) for 3.5 miles to Tunnel Canyon. PARK (0.0 mi) on the right.

Actual Hike Start out on the Tunnel Canyon trail. In less than 50 meters at 5411-BRDHS RID (0.1 mi), take the well-marked trail on the right heading west up the hill. Continue following this trail up the ridge until you reach a hard-earned RESTSTOP (1.0 mi).

After that, keep gaining altitude and eventually reach a plateau. At the intersection of the 5268-WESTRIDGE (2.5 mi) trail, turn left (northeast) and start down the hill.

As they say, the rest is all downhill, but be mindful not to slip and fall. Most will enjoy a break at the not-too-scenic LUNCH (2.7 mi) spot. Shortly thereafter, reach the intersection 5145-TUN CYN (2.8 mi) and turn left (west). Follow this trail all the way back (2 miles) to PARK.

Near the end of the trail on your right, note the historic tunnel, which likely is the canyon's namesake.

Comments The Bird House Ridge trail was constructed under the supervision of the Sandia Ranger District and the Cebola Forest Service in 2011 and 2012. It is an excellent trail for both hikers and bikers. There are some views of the Cedro Peak to the east and views of the surrounding forests. It is uphill for the first half of the trail and quite strenuous. The entire rest of the hike is downhill, mostly in the trees and quite relaxing.

The Birdhouse Ridge Loop hike trails are shown on the middle-left of the Manzanita Mountains Trail System map.

Hike data were determined using a Garmin GPSMap 62 and Garmin BaseCamp's DEM for TOPO US 24K Southwest.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N35 02.795, W106 22.992
5411-BRDHS RID: N35 02.765, W106 23.006
RESTSTOP: N35 02.402, W106 23.389
5268-WESTRIDGE: N35 01.777, W106 22.934
LUNCH: N35 01.894, W106 22.780
5145-TUN CYN: N35 01.935, W106 22.738

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GPX:WayTrack, 02Aug15, Garmin, Bill Gloyd

Text Author Bill Gloyd
Map Author Bill Gloyd
Waypoints Author Bill Gloyd
Track Author Bill Gloyd
Maintainer Bill Gloyd