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Manzanita Canyon Trail No. 18

Contact Info
Questa, NM 87556

Phone:
575-586-0520
Basics
Length:
4.2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8400 feet
Elevation Range:
8400 feet to 12000 feet
Elevation Change:
3600 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round

Description

Mixed conifers characterize this 4.2 mile trail located on the south facing slope of the Rio Hondo Canyon. The trail, which follows the Manzanita Canyon bottom most of the way climbs steadily, gaining 3,600 feet in elevation. For this reason, avalanche hazard during the winter and early spring is a special consideration. Water is available for the entire length of the canyon, but is not recommended for drinking without proper treatment. For short trips, take a supply of water from home or domestic source. Day hiking, backpacking, pack and saddle as well as back country camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Motorized vehicle use is not permitted.

This trail provides access to Lobo Peak, Flag Mountain, Gold Hill and to the proposed Columbine/Hondo Wilderness Study Area. Trail 58 and Trail 61 come to a junction at the ridge and leads right into Lobo Peak Trail 57. Lobo Peak, elevation 12,115 feet, provides the visitor a magnificent view of the Wheeler Peak Area and the expansive valleys below.

In the summer months trail can be used for hiking and horseback riding. In the winter months the trail is used for snowshoeing.

Details

Length:
4.2 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8400
Elevation Range:
8400 feet to 12000
Elevation Change:
3600
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Arroyo Seco

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Two miles northwest (up the road) from Upper Cuchilla Campground, located on State Highway 150, the road to Taos Ski Valley. Very limited parking available at the trailhead.


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