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Fourth of July Loop

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5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,008' 307 m
Descent: -1,018' -310 m
High: 8,242' 2,512 m
Low: 7,462' 2,275 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

Most stunning in the autumn, this short hike is one of the most well-shaded and accessible hikes in New Mexico.

Kristen Arendt

Features Fall Colors · Views

Overview

This short hike is most stunning in the autumn due to the leaves changing on the maple and oak trees. From wildflowers in the spring and summer, to colorful leaves in the fall and icicles and snowdrifts in the winter, this short hike offers some stunning views throughout the entire year.

Description

From NM 337 in Tajique, take Forest Service Road 55 about seven miles to the Fourth of July Campground. The road to the parking area can be difficult during wet or cold months.

At the east end of the parking lot, the trailhead points east into the Manzano mountains, following the path of a small creek for several miles. Bigtooth maples line the canyon for the majority of the loop, exploding into brilliant oranges, reds, yellows, and purples in the fall.

Though the hike is moderately strenuous, there are some rocky spots which may be slippery due to the moisture from the creek. The total hike includes around 800 feet of elevation gain.

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Oct 13, 2019
Todd Burt
Drive from ABQ was not bad. Lots of people when we left at noon. We missed the sign for 78 and ended up at the cross road for Cerros grande 79. — 9h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Van Luu
Oct 8, 2017
Jeremy Ruckel

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Trail on October 8th
Oct 8, 2017 near Meadow…, NM
Maples in late October
Oct 20, 2019 near Meadow…, NM
Beautiful October 8th day
Oct 8, 2017 near Meadow…, NM
Upper Fourth of July Spring.
Oct 11, 2017 near Meadow…, NM