Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Red Rocks Crossover Hike
In Northwest New Mexico Region

Hike Id H10572
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:48.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.6
Minimum Elevation 6670
Elevation Gain 770
Total Uphill 950
Total Downhill 950
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type CW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 280
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (5.0 by 4 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 10
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Great far views from Pyramid and lots of formations and mesas to be seen on the crossover and back down from Church Rock.

Cautions The use of hiking poles is recommended. The use of a GPS for leading this hike is recommended.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 to the Fort Wingate exit (Exit 33) at 134 miles. Take route 66 west for 4 miles to SR-566 and turn right. Go over the railroad overpass and on to the Red Rocks Entrance on the left, about 0.6 miles, and turn left. Continue Straight to the Convention Center parking lot and PARK

Actual Hike Follow the Pyramid Rock Trailhead signs to the dirt barrier and on to the information board where the formal trail begins. Follow this trail as it winds upward, enjoying the views as you go. Be sure to turn RIGHT (0.8 mi). Continue through the PASSTHROUGH (1.3 mi) and continue to STRAIGHT (1.8 mi) where you can shorten the hike by turning right or continue LEFT upward to the peak to enjoy the VIEW (2.1 mi). Then return to the point STRAIGHT and go straight, following the path that becomes an ATV two track. You will see great views of Church Rock ahead. When reaching Church Rock the two track becomes a trail and circles the north side to RIGHT2 (3.5 mi) Go right around the south side of Church Rock where there will be spectacular column formations on its side. Follow the track to LEFT2 (4.1 mi). Here there is an option to go straight to view some interesting features to a termination point and return. Otherwise go left and follow the numerous cairns downward to the camping area. Once there follow along the bottom of the ridge to the right and around the end to PARK.

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LEFT: N 35 33.448, W 108 36.962
LEFT2: N 35 33.236, W 108 36.224
PARK: N 35 32.484, W 108 36.772
PASSTHROUGH: N 35 33.124, W 108 36.813
RIGHT: N 35 32.749, W 108 36.869
RIGHT2: N 35 33.532, W 108 35.979
STRAIGHT: N 35 33.437, W 108 36.975
VIEW: N 35 33.302, W 108 37.044

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Dick Brown
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre