Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

San Lorenzo Side Canyon Hike
In Socorro Region

Hike Id H10705
Last Update 2020-02-04 11:19:12.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.5
Minimum Elevation 5157
Elevation Gain 400
Total Uphill 1040
Total Downhill 1040
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 1:35
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 13
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Box Canyon and amazing views.

Cautions Poles may be useful. There is serious rock scramble to get on the trail and an off-trail steep descent.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-25 South to exit 163, San Acacia. Go east to the frontage road and go south 2.2 miles and turn right onto a paved road which goes under I-25. After passing through the tunnel stay straight onto a dirt road. Go for 2 miles to a small sign on the right "San Lorenzo Canyon" and turn right. After a short distance the road curves to the left and heads west. Go about 3.3 miles to the canyon barrier and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Find a way up through the slot-canyon on left side of the canyon. Go up the main canyon to EXIT WASH LEFT (0.6 mi). Follow trail up side of a hill on the left. Follow the trail to VIEWPOINT1 (0.8mi). Retrace the trail up the spine of the hill on the left to the next VIEWPOINT (1.2mi). Follow the trail to the LEAVE TRL SLC LEFT (1.6mi) Scramble down to the LUNCH SPOT Red Rocks (2.0mi). Find trail just up from LUNCH. Follow trail over hill and around to SIDE CANYON Turn a sharp left and follow a faint roadbed downward until you enter a SIDE CANYON (3.2 mi). Go left down the side canyon until it meets the main canyon and then go right. Then proceed back down the main canyon to the barrier and parking.

Comments The hike is C level due to some rock scrambling and steep, off trail descent.

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Text Author Carl Gervais
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