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Exploratory Hike: North Baldy in the Magdalena Mountains

Time: 6:30am (please be prompt because we will leave by 6:35am)

Who Should Attend: Only adventurous hikers who have and are physically capable of hiking 11+ miles at a moderate pace.  

Hike Description: Exploratory means that I have not done this hike before, so while I have researched the trails, the opportunity to make a wrong turn and possibly lose the trail at times is probable. If that makes you anxious, please do not attend this hike.  

Although the Magdalena Mountains are the third-highest range in southern New Mexico, they are one of the least visited mountains and are supposedly beautiful. Numerous old mines, lie abandoned throughout the mountain range. The mountains are located west of Socorro, but just before the town of Magdalena. The trail begins about 8 miles past the Water Canyon Campground.

We will depart from Trail Marker #8 and continue to follow it until we make it to North Baldy (the summit).   Unlike most hikes, we will start at 10,420ft and drop to the summit at 9,320 ft.  This is an out and back hike, 11.0 miles roundtrip.  This hike is considered moderately strenuous because of the miles and the reverse elevation gain.  We will be hiking on a ridge/crest trail and be route finding through large, open meadows.

I will have a map, compass and GPS.  (Note: I will check with the Forest Service prior to this hike to check on snow conditions, which may cause the date of this trip to be rescheduled).

Afterwards, for those interested, we will stop for dinner at the Socorro Springs Brewing Company.

Required Items to Bring:

• Traction devices for your boots (Personally, I like microspikes)

• Headlamp (just in case)

• Gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots (optional)

Vehicle Required: Once we exit US 60, we will travel 4.8 miles on pavement and then another 7.8 miles on a "improved" dirt road.  Off-road type vehicles will be better suited for the trip.  

Unplugged Hike: This means you are more than welcome to bring your cell phone, but it just needs to be turned off during the hike. 

Donation Request: If you enjoy the Albuquerque Hiking and Outdoor Meetup group, please consider donating $1 to help with the annual website fee.  I will be collecting any donations and giving it to our new meetup lead organizers. Thanks! 

Dog Policy: Not allowed this time.

Weather Notice: If inclement weather looks imminent, please check this site 45 minutes prior to 6:30am.



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  • Sharon E.

    Although the Magedalena's are not they biggest, they definitely proved worthy of exploring. A great trail with awesome views throughout the hike, especially when we reached the top of North Baldy. It was a great day with awesome company!

    March 23, 2014

  • Paula

    A wonderful hike. Thank you, Sharon, for organizing and getting us there and back.

    March 22, 2014

  • Randy J.

    Thanks, Sharon, for the beautiful and strenuous hike. Amazing vistas.

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I was wondering if someone can give the the ride to the hike. I can share expenses.

    March 15, 2014

    • Sharon E.

      Hi Gina, Yes we will car pool to the trailhead.

      March 18, 2014

  • Liza

    I won't be able to go, something has come up. I'll catch you another time.

    March 17, 2014

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