Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Perlite Mine Ruins Hike
In Mount Taylor Region

Hike Id H10589
Last Update 2020-07-01 11:59:25.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 2.7
Minimum Elevation 7120
Elevation Gain 415
Total Uphill 428
Total Downhill 428
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type Messy
Drive Miles Round Trip 162
Drive Time Oneway 1:30
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Many mine ruins and animal bones to explore.

Cautions Use hiking poles for steeper sections. Maximum grades are reduced if you stick to the switch back former dirt road starting in the NE area

Trailhead Directions I-40 west to Exit 89 then take Hwy. 117 NW 5.6 miles and turn north on Sakalares Bd. for 3 miles and then east on Lobo Canyon Rd. (Hwy. 547) for about 4 miles. You will past the prison, Continental Divide trail sign on the way to the wide parking area on the left PARK.

Actual Hike From PARK (0.0) go NE down the dirt road and go over or under the locked gate or fencing. Then go down the dirt road past the wind mill/pump house at RT RD (0.8 mi). Go northeast and catch the dirt road that goes NW and follow it uphill to MINE (1.34 mi.) Explore the extensive ruins and vehicles. If desired for more mileage, hike further up the mountain on the dirt roads to the north to see more mountain digs. There are more mine remnants here and great views of the valley. When done go back the way you came.

Comments After the hike, plan on a great time at the Grants Mine Museum. Jack Farley who runs the museum also owns the land we hike on and gave us permission to continue hiking there.

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PARK: N35 11.947, W107 45.373
RT RD: N35 12.209, W107 45.688
MINE: N35 12.314, W107 46.073

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GPX:WayTrack, 22Aug17, Garmin, Frank Ernst

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Text Author Frank Ernst
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Frank Ernst
Track Author Frank Ernst
Maintainer Frank Ernst