Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Las Conchas - East Fork Box Overlook Hike
In Jemez Mountains Region

Hike Id H10677
Last Update 2018-11-21 14:43:47.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.5
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 160
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Scenic canyon following the river passing through meadows of wildflowers. View of the Box Canyon from the top.

Cautions Steep climb and scramble to access view at Head of the East Fork Box. Hiking poles may be helpful

Trailhead Directions I-25 N to exit 242, W on US 550 to San Ysidro, right (north) on SR 4 to La Cueva. Take SR 4 12.4 mi. east of La Cueva to Las Conchas C.G. Parking area and TH on north side of Highway.

Actual Hike Las Conchas Canyon is a small and scenic canyon. The trail starts on the west side of the river and is marked Trail 137. The trail follows the stream down the canyon passing through meadows and beneath vertical rock formations. There are many crossings of the river on this part, all of them rebuilt as real foot bridges. At 2 miles you will see sign for East Fork Trailhead. Do not take this trail. Instead at this junction there is an unmarked spur trail that climbs over the rocks on the south side of the stream and then traverses along the upper hillsides paralleling the Box. This trail is steep and rough leading to the head of the Box. Here the stream enters the gorge as a tiny waterfall. This is the turnaround point and a nice place to stop for lunch.
GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 21Nov18, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Text Author Vivian Heyward
Maintainer Vivian Heyward