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Osha Spring Trail Hike
In Placitas Region

Map File Source: Garmin BaseCamp

map Hike Key: H10646
Last Updated: 03/20/2023 2:33pm
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: E (Most difficult)
Hike Distance: 8.6 mi
Minimum Elevation: 6535 ft
Elevation Change: 2670 ft
Total Uphill: 2780 ft
Total Downhill: 2780 ft
Avg. Grade: 11 %
Route Type: InOut
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: Yes
GPS Advised: No
Hiker Limit (NF/BLM/NP): 15 (Sandia Wilderness)
Drive Distance Round Trip: 55 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 0:45
Hiking Seasons:
New Mexico Game Unit: 8
Hike Status: Published


A cardio hike that ends / connects to the Crest trails from the northside of the Sandia Mts. Lots of tree cover, wild flowers and several historical features.


This is a solid E hike with over 2600 feet of elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, hiking pole(s), etc.

Trailhead Directions

Take I25 to the Bernalillo Placitas exit. Turn West towards Placitas on Hwy 165, drive nine miles until the pavement ends just past the nine mile marker sign. Hwy 165 turns into a rough gravel road. Continue 0.7 miles to just past the second one-lane historic stone bridge. Park on the east side of the road in a wide spot. Cross the road to the west side, head up the hill about 90 feet and look for the trail marker on the right.

The gravel road is not well maintained, yet I’ve never seen the first mile or so difficult to drive. There are potholes, yet never deep mud.

Actual Hike

From the trail sign, the hike continues less than 0.5 mile in a northerly direction, roughly parallel to Hwy 165 and then after several switchbacks heads south-southwest direction for most of the hike up to the CREST (4.3 mi).

At about 3 miles look for a mining claim marker.


PARK: N35 16.521, W106 24.555
CREST: N35 14.552, W106 26.182

Map Filename: OshaSpringTrailMap_MW.jpg
Hike GPS File Name: OshaSpringTrailWayTrack_500_MW.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

Text Author: Bill Davidson
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Mike Coltrin
Track Author: Mike Coltrin
Maintainer: Not Assigned
Editor: Dawn McIntyre