Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Art & Architecture: Nob Hill & UNM Hike
In Albuquerque Region

Hike Id H10548
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:57.0
Hike Class A
Hike Miles 3.9
Minimum Elevation 5157
Elevation Gain 112
Total Uphill 140
Total Downhill 140
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 10
Drive Time Oneway 0:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (4.3 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights A walking tour of Nob Hill and the UNM campus highlighting history, architecture, landscaping, and Public Art installations.

Cautions Most of the walk will be on concrete surfaces. Wear comfortable shoes.

Trailhead Directions Hike will begin at the free parking lot behind the Nob Hill shopping center (La Montanita Coop). It is on Silver, between Carlisle and Amherst.

Actual Hike The hike will encompass two interesting areas of Southeast Albuquerque. Brief commentary will be presented at many waypoints, but we will walk briskly and far enough to qualify as exercise. In the Nob Hill section, we will compare residences of several characteristic architectural styles as well as historic churches and commercial areas. On the UNM campus, we will view some of the iconic original buildings, take note of many public sculptures, and rest at the Duck Pond. We will return to our starting point via Central Avenue (Route 66), to see how old and new have developed into the eclectic mix of today's Nob Hill neighborhood.

Comments The hike is approximately 4 miles, and will take 2.5 - 3 hours. The last mile is straight along Central. If you get tired, you could opt to take the bus (Rapid Ride) for $.35 back to the starting point.

Hike data were determined using a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx and Garmin BaseCamp's DEM for TOPO US 24K Southwest.

Garmin Topo U.S. 24K Southwest, Garmin BaseCamp Version 4.6.2 © 2008-2016 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries (

Map File Download it.  Usually a larger image.

See the supplemental file "NobHillHikeNotes.doc" on the supplemental page for the waypoints and what to see there.

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 14Mar16, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Pictures Click here to see them.

Text Author Joan Weissman
Map Author Joan Weissman
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Joan Weissman