Powerline Mesa and Ancho Rapids view
|An easy hike near Los Alamos that ends with a nice view of the Rio Grande. On this hike, you get nice views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Jemez Mountains and the Rio Grande.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||2:15.|
|Usage (people/hour):||0.00. We saw nobody else.|
|PLM4||Scenic point||Vista point at end of Powerline Mesa trail|
|PLMPL2||Trail point||Powerline Mesa trail meets large power line.|
|PLMPL||Trail point||Powerline Mesa trail intersect small power line|
|PLMTH||Trailhead||Los Alamos Gate 4 trailhead|
|PLMY1||Trail junction||Powerline Mesa trail split to stay on mesa or go to Ancho rapids|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Albuquerque New Mexico||USGS||1983||1:100000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|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.|
|Los Alamos||BLM||2003||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (purchase)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||West 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:
In White Rock (near Los Alamos), head southwest on NM 4. The gate is about 3.3 miles form the intersection of NM 4 with Pajarito road. You are looking for Gate 4.
About the hike:
The trail gently descends from the trailhead. You get nice views almost immediately. You are walking along a dirt road.
At PLM4, you are at the end. Enjoy the view and return the way you came, or pick a slightly different route. It is hard to get lost.
Plants we saw along the trail:
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