I found myself in Albuquerque after my recent trek through San Pedro Parks Wilderness with Joan. Oh how I love our J&J adventures! How will I go at least a year without another? The best antidote is more trail miles! YES YES YES!
I stopped at REI to find new places to explore and decided to give this nearby wilderness a try. I spent a few days hiking from several trailheads. I found trails to be in varied conditions from well-marked smooth sailing, to cairn routes, to overgrown, deadfall and non-existent. This is an area I recommend having a good map and tracking app or GPS. The last printed map was from 1988 and very outdated due to fires, reroutes and no longer maintained trails. I found some decent intel in a hiking book at REI.
Albuquerque Trail #78 / Fourth of July Trail #173 Loop
Date Hiked: 5/3/18
My Notes: 5.25-mile, 900′ elevation gain/loss loop. Really enjoyed the variety of trees, shrubs and gentle terrain. Nice switchbacks and soft trail. Pretty healthy forest. Saw one gal at campground but no one at trailhead nor on trail.
I loved all the alligator bark trees.
Cerro Blanco Trail #79 / Manzano Crest Trail #170 Loop
Date Hiked: 5/4/18
Pine Shadow Trail #170A / Kayser Mill Trail #080 Loop
Date Hiked: 5/6/18
- May 3-6, 2018
- Carry a paper map. Although it was dated 1988, I found it a helpful supplement to my digital version.
- Obtain trail conditions and water reports from Mountainaire Ranger Station.
- Be comfortable with trail finding and navigation. These trails are not well traveled nor signed at least during my visit.
- It’s a dry area and most seasonal streams were dry. Some springs were dry or inaccessible due to fires.