Osha Loop Trail

Tijeras, New Mexico 87059

Osha Loop Trail

Osha Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This longer hike near the Sandia Crest takes you along the upper east slopes of the Sandias on the 10K Trail, and then around the Osha Loop Trail north of Media Canyon. Aspens and the alpine fir forest are one of the attractions, as is the fall color.

Quaking aspen is the most widespread tree in North America. It grows at the higher elevations in the New Mexico mountains, favoring cooler, north-facing slopes as well as sheltered canyon bottoms. The tall, graceful trees are up to 1 foot in diameter and reach about 50 to 70 feet in height. The smooth, white bark makes a vivid contrast to the associated evergreen trees. The leaves, which are attached by thin, flexible stems, shimmer in the slightest breeze. During the fall, the deciduous leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red, often slashing entire mountainsides with color. Aspens propagate via their root system, so that many hundreds of trees forming a stand are actually the same plant."

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Trail Information

Tijeras
Nearby City
6.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Cibola National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Sandia Crest
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018