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Albuquerque Trail Bypass – 4th Of July Loop Hike
In Manzano Mountains East Region

Map File Source: DeLorme

map Hike Key: H10515
Last Updated: 03/04/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: B (Moderate)
Hike Distance: 3 mi
Minimum Elevation: 7415 ft
Elevation Change: 320 ft
Total Uphill: 450 ft
Total Downhill: 450 ft
Avg. Grade: 6 %
Route Type: CCW Loop
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: No
GPS Advised: Yes
Drive Distance Round Trip: 100 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 1:30
Hiking Seasons: Spring and Fall
New Mexico Game Unit: 14
Hike Status: Published


A good fall foliage hike for maples.


Hiking poles recommended for the downhill return.

Trailhead Directions

From Albuquerque take I-40 East to Tijeras exit, south on SR 337 to its end, right (west) on SR 55 to Tajique. Look for sign in Tajique for “4th of July Canyon.” Take FR 55 about 6.5 miles. At the 6.5 mile point the road will bend to the left. Just beyond the bend on the right side of the road there will be two large parking areas. Park here.

Actual Hike

From PARK (0.0 mi) take Albuquerque Trail north to TURN BACK (0.5 mi) and turn back, returning to TO 4JULY (0.9 mi). Turn right here and take the Albuquerque Trail Bypass west TO ABQ (1.7 mi). Turn left and go down the Fourth Of July Trail. Along this section of the hike there are many maples, which are very colorful in the fall. You will pass through the camping area to the intersection with FR55 (2.4 mi). Turn left and follow the forest road, which also is lined with maples, to parking.


A good fall maples hike


PARK: N34 47.604, W106 22.352
TURN BACK: N34 47.975, W106 22.583
TO 4JULY: N34 47.676, W106 22.440
TO ABQ: N34 47.674, W106 23.271
FR55: N34 47.399, W106 22.745

Map Filename: AlbuquerqueTrailBypass-4thOfJulyLoopImage_DB.jpg
Hike GPS File Name: AlbuquerqueTrailBypass-4thOfJulyLoopWayTrack_DBDB.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

Text Author: Dick Brown
Map Author: Dick Brown
Waypoints Author: Dick Brown
Track Author: Dick Brown
Maintainer: Marilyn Warrant
Editor: Randy Simons

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