Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Golden Open Space - Bike Trails & Arroyos Hike
In Golden Region

Hike Id H10674
Last Update 2018-10-25 17:42:33.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.5
Minimum Elevation 6060
Elevation Gain 320
Total Uphill 560
Total Downhill 560
Avg Grade 4 %
Route Type Messy
Drive Miles Round Trip 70
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights A variation that includes (1) all of the Mesa Bike Trail, (2) all of the main arroyo, and (3) all of the side Arroyo Seco. Colorful rocks and great views.

Cautions Hiking off-trail in the arroyos with some walking on rocks. Bring your hiking poles.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque, take I-40 to North 14. In Cedar Crest just after the school on the left, turn left onto LA MADERA Road (the road to East Mountain High School). Stay on the windy but paved road until it turns to dirt at a cattleguard in less than 8 miles. It is about a mile from this point to PARK (0.0 mi). Even though the road has curves, most of it is paved.

If there are any concerns about the last part of the access road, park at ALT-PARK and walk about 0.7 mi to PARK (or go under the fence).

For additional information on getting to the trailhead, click here.

Comments Elevated to C based on the parts that involve walking on rocks.

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GPX:WayTrack, 25Oct18, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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