Fourth of July Trail

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This hike climbs past a spring to a scenic meadow in the Manzano Mountains. This is an especially fine hike in fall when the bigtooth maples are blazing with yellow, orange, and red leaves. The meadows along the crest offer stunning views. From the trailhead, follow the Crimson Maple Trail around the west side of the campground, and then stay left on the main Fourth of July Trail, which heads west up the canyon. A spur trail goes sharply right; stay left and continue west past Upper Fourth of July Spring to the junction with the Albuquerque Trail. Stay left and follow Fourth of July Trail as it swings south though a saddle, heads a drainage, and ends at the Peno Blanco Trail.

Fourth of July Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike climbs past a spring to a scenic meadow in the Manzano Mountains. This is an especially fine hike in fall when the bigtooth maples are blazing with yellow, orange, and red leaves. The meadows along the crest offer stunning views.

From the trailhead, follow the Crimson Maple Trail around the west side of the campground, and then stay left on the main Fourth of July Trail, which heads west up the canyon. A spur trail goes sharply right; stay left and continue west past Upper Fourth of July Spring to the junction with the Albuquerque Trail. Stay left and follow Fourth of July Trail as it swings south though a saddle, heads a drainage, and ends at the Peno Blanco Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Cibola National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Bosque Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Fourth of July Trail

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May 2018