Golden Open Space – Mesa Loop Trail

Golden Open Space – Mesa Loop Trail Hike
In Golden Region

Map File Source: NG Topo

map Hike Key: H10450
Last Updated: 08/01/2023 6:30pm
Last Updated By: Marilyn Warrant
Hike Class: A (Easy)
Hike Distance: 3.1 mi
Minimum Elevation: 6249 ft
Elevation Change: 144 ft
Total Uphill: 165 ft
Total Downhill: 165 ft
Avg. Grade: 3 %
Route Type: CCW Loop
On Trail: No
Paved or Gravel Roads: No
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 70 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 1:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
New Mexico Game Unit: 8
Hike Status: Waiting Editor
Access Description: Golden Open Space Access


Views from mesa to the east of the Sandias and down into the arroyos below.



Trailhead Directions

From Albuquerque, take I-40 to North 14. In Cedar Crest just after the school on the left, turn left onto LA MADERA Road (the road to East Mountain High School). Stay on the windy but paved road until it turns to dirt at a cattleguard in 7.5 miles. It is about 2 miles from this point to [PARK] (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike

Hike south then southwest on the bike trail to the HIGH (0.6 mi) point of this hike. The bike trail then goes east following the cliff. LEAVE (1.4 mi) the trail as it goes north so you can continue along the cliffs for more views. REJOIN (2.5 mi) the bike trail and continue back to parking.


The hike is off-trail for about one mile. Like Las Huertas in Placitas, this hike is on part of the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Program, the Golden Open Space. This is a good hike to do in hot weather when the forests are closed.

This hike used to be called Golden Open Space Bike Trail.


LA MADERA: N35 10.421, W106 20.225

PARK: N35 16.289, W106 19.698
HIGH: N35 15.907, W106 19.841
LEAVE: N35 15.980, W106 19.341
REJOIN: N35 16.077, W106 19.319

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

Text Author: Marilyn Warrant
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Marilyn Warrant
Track Author: Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer: Marilyn Warrant
Editor: Howard Carr

Photos of This Hike
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