Albuquerque Trail 78

Cibola National Forest, New Mexico
Elevation Gain1,769ft
Trailhead Elevation7,445ft
Elevation Min/Max7437/8254ft
Elevation Start/End7445/7445ft

Albuquerque Trail 78

Albuquerque Trail (78) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Torrance County, New Mexico. It is within Cibola National Forest and Manzano Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 7,445 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,769 feet. The Albuquerque Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Fourth of July Spur (172), Albuquerque Trailhead Parking, Fourth of July Trail (173) and Mosca Trail (58).
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Fayetteville, NC
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Very easy to find, just follow the directions. There is a parking area. The trail is great and clearly marked. I followed the Albuquerque Trail signs and did not walk back on the road. It was great. The ponderosa pine were fantastic and it was well worth the trip.

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Laurence Parent
"The northern end of the Manzano Mountains is noted for its impressive stands of big-tooth maples. The maples provide some of the best fall color in the Southwest. This loop trail climbs at an easy grade up through conifer forest to some colorful groves of the trees. The first 2 miles of the trail follow Gallina Canyon upstream, partly on what was once an old road. You’ll pass the return leg of the loop on the left, the unmarked Fourth of July Cutoff Trail, in only about 0.1 mile. Go right and stay in the canyon. A very small stream sometimes flows down the creek bottom. The most common conifers along the hike are ponderosa pine and Douglas fir."

Trail Information

Cibola National Forest
Nearby City
Manzano Mountain Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Cibola National Forest, PO Box 69, Mountainair, NM 87036; (505) 847-2990;
Local Contacts
Manzano Mountain Wilderness; Cibola National Forest–Mountainair Ranger District; Tajique and Bosque Peak 7.5-minute USGS quads
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