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blue Fourth of July Loop

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5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer loop
Singletrack
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

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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 8, 2017
Jeremy Ruckel

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Today, Saturday October 8 this trail was pretty busy, the parking lot almost full. Lots of dogs too, all sizes. I went clockwise. I found many more trails (most marked with old decaying signs) than shown on my typo map and above. At the switch back at the lower southwest, the blue trail leading off to the west seems to be the more traveled trail, so finding the correct trail there is difficult. Oct 8, 2017

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