Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Arroyo Piedra Lumbre East Hike
In Cabezon Region

Hike Id H10525
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:33.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 4.3
Minimum Elevation 6250
Elevation Gain 100
Total Uphill 420
Total Downhill 420
Avg Grade 3 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 150
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Lots of interesting rock formations and cliffs on this wandering hike.

Cautions The hike is off trail. Poles may be useful.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-25 north to Bernalillo. Take US 550 to San Ysidro. Drive west 18 mi. past intersection of SR 4 and US 550 to San Luis Rd.. Turn left and drive 8.5 miles to Torreon Road just after a cattle guard, where the road turns to dirt. Turn right onto paved Torreon Rd (SR 197) and drive 3.6 miles to the top of the rise.TURN LEFT onto a dirt road. Go 4 miles to PARK below a low hill with a stone ruin on top.

Actual Hike From PARK cross the road and go to a low man made ridge which will lead to the MAIN DITCH (0.1 mi). Descend into the ditch and continue on the animal trail on the north side, which will take you out of the ditch. Head north until you reach a POST (0.3 mi). Bear north and cross a side ditch at CROSS (0.4 mi). Continue northwest toward the cliffs ahead. Explore the DEAD END canyon if you wish. Continue northwest along the cliff. There are many interesting formations in this area. You will curve around, heading east. At the INLET (1.1 mi) go in and visit it's formations many of which are in an inaccessible area to the north. Then return and continue on, curving to the north. Here there is a second DITCH (1.7 mi) to find your way through. Go south, enjoying the formations on the cliff to your left. You will pass a large side canyon on the left. Continue to a second side canyon at LEFT (2.4 mi). Turn east into this canyon and visit the SIDE CANYON (2.6 mi) there. You then encounter a dead end, but there is a way up and out. The next segment of the hike has a nice variety of formations. Proceed to DOWN (3.2 mi) and go right, finding your way to the bottom. Now head southwest, enjoying the many formations on the canyon side. When you reach the POST retrace your way to parking.

Comments After returning to parking, go up on the low ridge to the south and visit the RUIN The use of a GPS is advised.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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DEAD END: N 35 43.100, W 107 10.772
RUIN: N 35 42.674, W 107 10.240
TURN LEFT: N 35 42.440, W 107 06.682
PARK: N 35 42.746, W 107 10.247
MAIN DITCH: N 35 42.820, W 107 10.223
POST: N 35 42.976, W 107 10.282
CROSS: N 35 42.994, W 107 10.387
INLET: N 35 43.339, W 107 10.761
DITCH: N 35 43.531, W 107 10.588
LEFT: N 35 43.094, W 107 10.384
SIDE CANYON: N 35 43.074, W 107 10.237
DOWN: N 35 43.403, W 107 09.945

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GPX:WayTrack, 03Feb14, Garmin, Dick Brown

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