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.
Albuquerque Trail (78) Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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