Marvin and I undertook this hike during a “Church in the Mountains” event that the Corrales Seventh-day Adventist church puts on a couple times a year. It was a great day for a hike, not too hot or cold under the cloudless blue skies that are normal for New Mexico.
The morning started with a devotional, followed by a potluck lunch at noon, and then a spirited game of Ultimate Frisbee. After the Frisbee game Marvin and I went on a hike.
The Cedro Peak group campground where the event was held did not show up on the maps I was using to plan the hike Saturday morning. Of course I got the site off a little, and this resulted in the planned loop route being off from the actual starting point. This was easy enough to compensate for once we were there.
Marvin and I were engaged in a conversation and as a result I missed the trailhead, which is located at the entrance to the group camp area. The trail paralleled the road we were on so I interpreted the slightly off-track indications on the GPS receiver as us not having reached the trailhead yet. Actually the GPS was sequencing the via points on the route I had constructed that morning. When the trail veered away from the road the needle on the GPS swung and it became apparent we were not going to find the trailhead on the path we were on. Unfortunately it was impossible to get to the trail due to fencing along the road, so we backtracked up the road to the trailhead, which was obvious now that I was looking for it. You can see the detour on the map at the end of this post.
The trail wound its way through mostly juniper forest. For me, it was a relatively easy hike, though as a novice mountain biker I would be wary of the rocks on the trail. Plenty of bicycle tire tracks attested to use of the trail by mountain bikers.
There is a shortcut on the trail for those who are on their way to Cedro Peak and don’t want to take the scenic route. We hiked the long way around.
The hiking / biking trail eventually ended up at National Forest Road 462, also known as Cedro Ridge 2-Track 13. From the ruts in the road, it was obvious someone had been traveling the road during the rainy season. I’m guessing it was a large truck servicing the towers on Cedro Peak. It’s hard to see how a jeep or SUV could have made ruts this deep.
There are several geocaches hidden along the trail. However, on this hike we did not attempt to locate any of them.
We did not follow the road up to Cedro Peak on this hike, instead following another road to the campground and the group camping area.
More pictures, georeferenced to where they were taken, are available here:
Cedro Peak Hike at EveryTrail
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