While some of the hikes listed below can be turned into overnight trips, as a sixty-plus "old dog" I prefer daytime rambles. Each hike is an all-day hike in the sense of including driving time, going slowly enough to appreciate where you are, and saving a little daylight in case things don't go as planned. Each hike can be done by an experienced hiker in decent shape. Before doing any of the hikes, please read my "caveats" at the bottom of the page.
Joan Delaplane Trail at Jemez Springs
Upper Virgin Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
Calaveras Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
Barley Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
El Cajete in the Valles Caldera
Sulphur and Alamo Canyons in the Valles Caldera
Holiday Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
Stable Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
Schoolhouse Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
San Miguel Mountain via Gilman Tunnels
Astialakwa and Patokwa (archaeological hike)
Amoxiumqua (archaeological hike)
Kwastiyukwa (archaeological hike)
Tovakwa (archaeological hike)
Schoolhouse Mesa (archaeological hike)
Boletsakwa (archaeological hike)
Sayshukwa (archaeological hike)
Clear Creek in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness
Guadalupe Ruin in the Rio Puerco Valley
Las Milpas Ridge (archaeological hike)
Tapia Canyon (archaeological hike)
For a brief YouTube preview of Sandia Mountain hikes, click here.
TWA Canyon in the Sandias
Pino Trail in the Sandias
Embudito Trail in the Sandias
Three Gun Spring Trail in the Sandias
Rocky Point Trail-Crest Trail Loop in the Sandias
The "delightful mess of trails" below Crest House in the Sandias
North Faulty Trail in the Sandias
A note on the new access route for the Del Agua Trail.
David Canyon in the Manzanita Mountains
A trail map for the Manzanita Mountains
Fourth of July High Loop in the Manzanos
Monte Largo Canyon in the Manzanos
The hiking pages assume that you have a GPS unit and know how to use it. While I provide coordinates for waypoints, errors are possible. Before you do any of these hikes, plot the waypoints (in Google Earth, for example) and study the route. Also, no hiking guide is a substitute for the right gear and common sense.
Many of these places don't have cell phone coverage so if you get yourself into trouble, be ready to get yourself out of it.
Most hikes in the Southwest require that you carry all the water you will need. Water sources listed in a hiking guide may be dry when you get there. If you find water in the wilds, purify it before using it.
Some of my hikes are to isolated archaeological sites. By law, the locations of most sites are kept confidential to protect the sites from vandalism. For hikes to those sites, the access route is described on a password-protected page. Those with a legitimate reason to visit the sites can obtain the password by contacting me.
Even on non-archaeological hikes, it's common to encounter archaeological remains in New Mexico. Keep in mind that unauthorized disturbance of sites, even keeping "just" one artifact, is a crime. This applies to historical artifacts as well as prehistoric ones. For ethical hikers, the only "artifacts" to be taken from the landscape are other peoples' recent trash.