Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Oat - Hay Canyons To Bottom Long Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10556
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:34.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.5
Minimum Elevation 8065
Elevation Gain 740
Total Uphill 970
Total Downhill 970
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 160
Drive Time Oneway 1:50
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Pleasant hike up the valley, then up Oat Canyon for a descent down Hay covered with wildflowers in the spring, to a sensational viewpoint, then down to the valley below.

Cautions Use of hiking poles is recommended for the descent to the bottom.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go north on I-25 to exit 242 (Bernalillo), west on US 550 to San Ysidro. North on SR 4 to La Cueva. Take SR 126 west about 9 mi. to Fenton Lake, keep going north 4 mi. until you come to the marked road to the Fish Hatchery on the right. Take this dirt road past the hatchery. At this point you may encounter a closed gate. Park here if the gate is closed. Otherwise continue past the gate for about one mile to a fence and corral and PARK (0.0 mi)

Actual Hike From parking go through the gate and follow the two track up the valley to TO OAT (0.4 mi). Turn right and go across the stream and go uphill toward the notch. Continue up the side canyon to the top and LEAVE OAT (2.4 mi), following the trail northward to TO HAY (2.8 mi) and turn left, following the two track to HAY (3.1 mi). Turn left again and hike down this pleasant pine lined valley which follows a broad ledge to the VIEWPOINT (4.7 mi). A great view and a good place for lunch. Then return uphill to TO BOTTOM (5.0 mi) and turn right downhill into a narrow notch and proceed down to the floor of the main canyon to CROSS (5.5 mi) the stream. Follow the two track down the valley to parking.

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PARK: N35 56.134, W106 41.008
TO OAT: N35 56.283, W106 40.648
LEAVE OAT: N35 56.857, W106 38.810
TO HAY: N35 57.158, W106 38.659
HAY: N35 57.290, W106 38.775
TO BOTTOM: N35 56.795, W106 39.920
VIEWPOINT: N35 56.820, W106 40.219
CROSS: N35 56.701, W106 40.336

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