Manzano Crest Trail (170) is a hiking and horse trail in Torrance County, New Mexico. It is within Manzano Mountain Wilderness Area and Cibola National Forest. It is 19.2 miles long and begins at 9,255 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,072 feet. Gallo Peak (elevation 9,997 feet) and Osha Peak (elevation 9,265 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Manzano Peak (elevation 10,039 feet).
Manzano Crest Trail (170) Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Manzano Mountains are a southern extension of the Sandia Mountains that dominate Albuquerque’s skyline. Both ranges have similar rugged west faces and sloping eastern flanks. The loop hike in Ox and Kayser canyons is an excellent route to the summit of Manzano Peak, the highest point of the range. Like most other trails in the Manzanos, these trails are well marked and well maintained, and walking them is pure pleasure. Views from the crest reach to the isolated mountain ranges beyond the Rio Grande to the west and stretch for 100 miles across the plains to the east."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
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