|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||6997 feet|
|Duration:||About 40 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Cedar Crest|
|Official Road Name:||462|
|Management Agency:||National Forest Service|
|District:||Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest|
The Manzanita Mountains Trail System provides access to a number of wooded canyons, open meadows and limestone pavements in a multi-use area consisting of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV and 4WD use trails. The towers atop the 7,767-foot Cedro Peak are visible for miles and they provide an easy point of reference as you explore a landscape where high mountain desert meets forest - pinon pine, juniper, and cedar coexist with yucca, cholla and prickly pear cacti. Within 15 minutes of Albuquerque and easy access to the clean air of the Cibola National Forest, this trail a natural destination for offroad enthusiasts.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail can be very muddy after seasonal rains.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dusty and dry.|
|Fall:||Trail can be very muddy after seasonal rains.|
|Winter:||Trail can be very muddy or snow-covered.|
Heading east off of NM 337 onto a well maintained gravel segment, FR462 is immediately flanked on both sides with parking areas. This is a popular spot for ATVs, cyclists and hikers to stage and head out from. There is an ATV bypass, 05617, accessible from the south lot that allows all-terrain vehicles to skip 0.75 miles of smooth gravel surface and come out at Waypoint #4, a little way into the true offroad part of FR462. The lower trailhead for the 05543 Powerline hiking trail can also be accessed here.
On the north side of the trail, there is a parking area that was constructed by the Sandia Ranger District to stage motorized expeditions. The Coyote hiking trailhead is here and the facility has vault toilets, posted information and sitting areas with picnic tables.
This trail links the Coyote and Chamisoso trails designated for hiking, biking, motorcycles and horses. This is also the point where the well-maintained gravel portion of FR462 ends and offroading begins.
This is the point where the ATV bypass from the lower parking lot meets FR462.
This is the only authorized camping area along FR462. There are two discrete motorized spots on this spur so you might have a neighbor.
This is a great place to stop and take in the view. To the south you can look up the fire break and see the Cedro fire lookout tower and to the north, the east side of the Sandia Mountains and Tijeras Canyon.
Here the Coyote Chamisoso Link crosses FR462. It's designated for hiking, biking, horseback and motorcycle use only.
This trail connects FR462 to the Coyote Trail below. It's designated for hiking, biking, horseback and motorcycle use only.
To the south, FR13 heads up towards Cedro Peak. To the north, the upper terminus of the Coyote trail. Head east to stay on FR462.
At the bottom of the hill there is a large parking/staging area and the entrance to the Lower Pine hiking trail.
At the end of the trail, there is a stop sign at Campo Road. Bearing left here (west) and taking a left on Liebre Road will take you back out to old Route 66 (NM 333).
Trailhead Coordinates: 35.063090, -106.381450
Starting Point: Albuquerque