Point 6860' - A Hike in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Not a shabby hike in Albuquerque ...
Point 6860' does not have an official name, but it is a good one for those seeking a comparatively easy hike and summit experience. Located in the Manzano Open Space (east side of the city), I would estimate the hike to be approximately 1.5 miles each way. The hike goes thorugh pretty desert hills and on top, I had a grand view of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains and many other peaks. If you love hiking and the Duke City, then Point 6860' is worth your time.

Directions: If you have a smart phone or mapping system, the trailhead for the Manzano Open Space is at the end of Stagecoach Road SE. To type it out: From Central Avenue and Tramway, go east on Central and turn right onto Four Hills Road. Head south on Four Hills Road for ~0.5 miles, then at a fork, stay left and the road becomes Stagecoach Road. After another ~0.5 miles, Stagecoach Road makes a sharp 90-degree right. Take that all the way to the end and park on the street wherever you can.

Point 6860
Point 6860' is on the right and is taller than its counterpart to the north.

Photos and video by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Manzano Open Space, NM

Photos

May 17, 2015 - My hike began in the afternoon. Beyond the water tank, there is no well-marked trail, but there are many mountain bike trails and an abandoned, decaying dirt road that leads to the saddle of both hills. I didn't find it too difficult to pick a trail and work my way toward Point 6860'.
Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Two photos of cactus.

Also, this massive cactus impressed me so much that I had to make a video... :)

Hike in New Mexico It's a gentle ascent until I got to the saddle. At that point, there was a short and steep climb to the top. It wasn't too difficult, but this section could be scary to some.

Remember, Peak 6860' is on the right (the southern point), although if you head left, I'm sure that's a nice hill too. Maybe you should hike both! :)

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Summit of Point 6860'

Two photos facing west toward the city of Albuquerque.

New Mexico Mountain That peak is inside federal land and is blocked off to the public. It looks like such a nice mountain.
I-40 Canyon to Tijeras The view towards the canyon where Interstate 40 travels toward Tijeras and Edgewood.
Peak 6860 Albquerque The Sandia Mountains behind me. :)

Video

Showing you around the summit. Happy hiking, friends! -Steve

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