Manzano Crest Trail 170

Cibola National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain5,072ft
Trailhead Elevation9,255ft
Elevation Min/Max8204/9469ft
Elevation Start/End9255/9255ft

Manzano Crest Trail 170

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). This trail connects with the following: Red Canyon Trail #89, Kayser Mill Trail #80, Spruce Spring Trail #189, Pine Shadow Spring Trail #170A, Bosque Trail (174), Trail Canyon Trail (176), Comanche Trail (182), Cerro Blanco Trail (79), Trigo Canyon Trail #185, New Canyon Trail (101) and Mosca Trail (58).

Manzano Crest Trail (170) Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"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."

Manzano Crest Trail (170) Trip Reports

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The trailhead for this hike is difficult to locate. The sign is missing, and many of the trees along the trail are only charred stubs, due to a recent forest fire. However, about 0.6 miles from the trailhead, when the trail leaves a blocked-off forest road, you reach undamaged forest. We were the only people on the trail and saw an abundance of wildlife. It was interesting to see how the fire had left large swaths of the forest undamaged. The vistas along the trail and from the peak were beautiful and well worth the hike. If it weren't for the depressing, charred first section of the trail, I would rank it more highly.

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Trail Information

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