Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Palomas Trail Hike
In San Pedro Parks Region

Hike Id H10552
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:31.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 7.7
Minimum Elevation 9250
Elevation Gain 926
Total Uphill 1240
Total Downhill 1240
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 205
Drive Time Oneway 2:20
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes
Hiker Limit 15

Highlights San Pedro Parks wilderness trail through beautiful high meadows with small streams, huge evergreens, wonderful wildflowers and pretty rocks.

Cautions Hiking sticks helpful for up and downhill sections.

Trailhead Directions I-25 north to Bernalillo exit 242, then west on US 550 to Cuba. Turn right (east) on SR 126 and travel 10 miles to FR 70. Turn left and drive 9-10 miles to PARK for Palomas Trail on the left (trailhead is 7 miles past the San Gregorio Reservoir trailhead parking).

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Actual Hike Palomas Trail #50 climbs through the forest steeply for the first mile. The trail soon enters the Wilderness Boundary WB (0.9 mi) and reaches a high point. After a steep but short descent, the trail crosses a small stream and turns right. At a sign posted junction JCT (1.4 mi) bear left and follow the Palomas and Rio de Las Vacas Trail. Damian Trail soon enters from the left, but continue on Palomas/Vacas. The trail climbs steadily through forest and then opens to a series of meadows surrounded by tall evergreens, the 'parks' for which the area is named. One of these parks START GR (2.8 mi) is both grassy and marshy END GR (2.9 mi) and it may be hard to see where the trail goes. Use the two GR waypoints as a guide. The Palomas Trail ends at JCT VACAS TOP (3.9 mi). Have lunch there by the stream and then return by the same route.

Comments Plan on a late return. This hike goes right into the heart of the San Pedro Parks. These beautiful high meadows are quite level areas with lots of little streams, huge evergreens, wonderful wildflowers and pretty rocks. Weather can be changeable, so come prepared for possible wind, rain, even a bit of hail. Traveling in this area prior to Memorial Day you will most likely encounter very wet conditions. 15 person limit in San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 36 02.533, W 106 47.545
WB: N 36 03.025, W 106 48.162
JCT: N 36 03.332, W 106 48.269
START GR: N 36 04.184, W 106 48.921
END GR: N 36 04.251, W 106 48.939
JCT VACAS TOP: N 36 04.871, W 106 49.495

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GPX:WayTrack, 21Jun14, Garmin, Sue Pelletier

Text Author Judie Schwartz
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Sue Pelletier
Track Author Sue Pelletier
Maintainer Randy Simons