Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail
|This hike is a pleasant short-ish loop with some vertical relief (about 800 ft elevation change) in an aspen-fir forest. Because of the aspen, this hike would be especially nice in the fall. You could extend the length of this hike by taking one of several other trails which intersect this trail.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||3:00.|
|Usage (people/hour):||0.00. No usage data recorded. We saw several other hikers.|
|Cleanliness:||0. No cleanliness data recorded.|
|150254||Trail junction||Santa Fe National Forest tails 150 and 254|
|150TC||Trail junction||Unsigned trail intersection|
|150TH||Trailhead||Santa Fe National Forest trail 150 trailhead|
|150Y1||Trail junction||Junction near 150TH|
|254182||Trail junction||Santa Fe National Forest trails 254 and 182|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|McClure Reservoir||USGS||1976||1:24000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests||US Forest Service||2004||1:54000||Y||From the National Forest Store (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||BLM||1996||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||USGS||1954||1:250000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||East half|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the trailhead:
From the Santa Fe plaza, head north on Washington Ave. Just past the pink Scottish Rite Temple (pictured here), turn right on Artist road; the sign says that Hyde State Park and the Santa Fe Ski Basin are this way.
Roughly (this is an estimate from memory) eight miles up this road, just after you leave Hyde Memorial park, there is a parking area on your left. This is the trailhead parking area. The trailhead is shown here in the photo, and it is at the edge of the parking area.
About the hike:
Not long after you start, you arrive at a fork in the trail (GPS: 150Y1). You can see Diana, Sue, and Steve approaching the Y in the photo to the left. At this fork, go right. You will be returning on the left fork. The trail has been all downhill to this point. Now, you begin climbing slightly. However, the climbing is only for a short period of time, and then you are slowly descending again.
About 45 minutes after you leave the trailhead, you reach another intersection (GPS: 150TC). Turn left, heading for the Tesuque Creek.
After you cross Tesuque Creek on a log, and continue for another few minutes. You will then reach yet another trail junction, this time meeting trail 254 (GPS: 150254). You can see the junction in the photo to the left. Go left.
Another half an hour, and you come to the junction with trail 182 (GPS: 254182). This is the lowest point of the hike. Cross the Tesuque Creek again, go right, and head uphill. After about 50 minutes, you will be back at the first Y in the trail, and only a few minutes from the trailhead.
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