4th of July Trail 

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Author: Mike Ciccone
Date: 25 Oct 2005 10:58:18 AM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my phone
Activity: Hiking
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: 4.74 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1373 ft
Total Loss: 1369 ft
Net Change: 4 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Albuquerque, Estancia, Hiking, loop, New Mexico
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Hike the Fourth of July and Cerro Blanco Loop in autumn to revel in a sea of red, orange, and yellow. Fourth of July winds through an isolated but sizable stand of big tooth maples. The trail starts at the Fourth of July Campground. You pass one spring along side the Fourth of July, follow a stream for a portion of the Cerro Blanco, and Tajique Creek parallels Forest Road 55 which is the last leg of the hike. The The 4.8 mile trail is well-used, clearly marked, has over 1000ft. elevation gain, and only a few rocky but easily navigable spots. The Cerro Blanco stretch can be quite steep in places but a walking stick makes it manageable. To get to the trailhead, from Tijeras, just east of Albuquerque off I-40, take NM 337 south for about 28 miles. Turn right onto NM 55 headed west for about 3 miles to the village of Tajique.Turn right onto FR 55. Go 7 miles and the campground is on the right.

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Distance: 4.74 mi Points: 387
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Points of Interest

Big tooth maples glow red

Location: 34.786739, -106.393784
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Dense yellow forest

Location: 34.787525, -106.393806
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Fallen tree among leaves

Location: 34.795181, -106.389496
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Hiker climbs upper portion of loop

Location: 34.796474, -106.390572
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Hikers walk on a variegated carpet of leaves

Location: 34.795666, -106.395599
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Mule deer in the campground

Location: 34.792374, -106.382477
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One of the switchbacks

Location: 34.795620, -106.390068
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Sign as you leave the Manzano Mountain Wilderness

Location: 34.788422, -106.394203
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Sign showing 4th of July/Spring Loop Split

Location: 34.793087, -106.383575
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Tunnel of trees

Location: 34.791618, -106.395538
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Upper 4th of July Spring

Location: 34.796654, -106.392845
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View of mountainside across the canyon

Location: 34.785774, -106.392952
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View of rocky portion of the trail

Location: 34.797722, -106.394905
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WP001

Location: 34.790096, -106.379494
trailhead

WP002

Location: 34.793182, -106.383186
4th of July splits from the Spring Loop Trail

WP003

Location: 34.794586, -106.387688
Go straight at the sign following Fouth of July and no the Fourth of July Spur

wp004

Location: 34.796577, -106.390137
Through the trees you can see into the Estancia Valley to the east

wp005

Location: 34.797058, -106.392921
Look down the hill to your left and you will see the Upper Fouth of July Spring.

WP006

Location: 34.797188, -106.393372
At this fork, if you go left, you can walk to the spring or if you go right, you continue on 4th of July.

WP007

Location: 34.797421, -106.393593
At the sign, go straight to follow the 4th of July Trail.

WP008

Location: 34.793118, -106.397545
Turn left at the sign for Rd. No. 55. If you go right at the fork, you can follow Cerro Blanco Trail up to the Crest Trail.

WP009

Location: 34.789349, -106.394707
Overlook to the southeast through trees

WP010

Location: 34.785770, -106.393456
View to the southwest

WP011

Location: 34.785866, -106.393143
Go up hill to your left for great view of mountains

WP12

Location: 34.785278, -106.393143
Follow the trail down to the right

WP013

Location: 34.781143, -106.393837
As the trail bends around to your left and you pass through a large cluster of boulders, you should suddenly hear the creek below...provided its flowing.

WP014

Location: 34.778957, -106.392357
Follow the trail to your left when you reach the sign identifying the Cerro Blanco trail you just came down..

WP15

Location: 34.777988, -106.391304
Turn right after the parking area and follow the road back to the Fourth of July Campground.

wpt 0028

Location: 34.797058, -106.392921
spring down to your left

wpt 0039

Location: 34.778992, -106.392334
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