Red Canyon Trail 89

Cibola National Forest, New Mexico
Elevation Gain1,773ft
Trailhead Elevation7,914ft
Elevation Min/Max7914/9688ft
Elevation Start/End7914/7914ft

Red Canyon Trail 89

Red Canyon Trail #89 is a hiking trail in Torrance County, New Mexico. It is within Cibola National Forest and Manzano Mountain Wilderness Area. It is two miles long and begins at 7,914 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,773 feet. The Red Canyon Campground camp site is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Box Spring Trail #99, Spruce Spring Trail #189 and Manzano Crest Trail (170).
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Roswell, NM
Explorer | 30 pts
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Nice trail to Gallo peak very well maintained
Edgewood, NM
Pathfinder | 111 pts
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Did it as published in the guide. Pleasant weather and no other hikers. Leaves were past peak, but it was still very scenic. Spruce Spring was a trickle. Saw (and felt) a herd of Elk on the Crest trail. According to my GPS, the total hike was about a mile shorter than the guide says.
Los Lunas, NM
Explorer | 40 pts
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I have enjoyed this trail several times and each time there is something different to enjoy. If there is adequate rainfall, the waterfalls are very nice. The fern field can produce plants 3-4 ft. tall and the giant aspen trees near the top are enough to make the hike more than worthwhile. The trail is steep enough for a good work-out (I am in my 40's and in average shape) but not so strenuous that you don't enjoy it. Pack a lunch for the top and enjoy the cool canyon coming down. I have never encountered many people on this trail, even on weekends.
Kansas City, MO
Pathfinder | 70 pts
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An outstanding high elevation hike, well maintained and well-marked at trail junctions. Since the trail description was written, the Forest Service has constructed a separate hiker parking area. A trail from this parking lot runs for 100 yards to a trailhead sign. Warnings for cougars and bears are posted. To the right is Spruce Spring Trail (Forest Service No. 189), and to left is Red Canyon Trail (No. 89). The loop is best done counterclockwise, as in the trail description, beginning with the Spruce Spring Trail (no. 189). The Spruce Spring Trail is a steady but gentle grade up to the Manzano Crest. It is shaded by large old-growth conifers. A sign marks the Manzano Mountain Wilderness boundary at 2.5 to 3 miles up the trail. The spur trail to the spring is well marked and spring water is diverted into a tank for horse watering. The one-mile ascent on the Crest Trail (No. 170) to Gallo Peak (10,003 feet) is steep, and you will feel the elevation, but it is worthwhile because side trails to the west offer outstanding views to the north and west. The descent on Red Canyon Trail (no. 89) is steep but footing is not bad. It contains numerous creek crossings, but the creek appears to be small (it was only a trickle on the day of my visit). When the Red Canyon trail arrives at the upper end of the campground loop, hikers should turn left to complete their loop to the separate hiker parking area. It took me 4 hours to complete the loop; I encountered two hunters and two other hikers.--submitted by H. Draper

Trail Information

Cibola National Forest
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Cibola National Forest
Skill Level
Capilla Peak and Manzano Peak 7.5-minute USGS quads
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