Mount Sedgwick

Milan, New Mexico (Cibola County)

Last Updated: 08/29/2019
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.83 miles
Highest Elevation: 9179 feet
Duration: About 50 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Milan
Nearest Town w/ Services: Grants
Official Road Name: 504
Management Agency: Cibola National Forest
District: Mount Taylor Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Mount Sedgwick
The highest peak in the Zuni Mountains, Mount Sedgwick sits at 9,256 feet. A great feature of this Cibola National Forest trail is that you can drive your 4WD vehicle all the way to the top! On the summit, an amazing 360-degree view awaits you in a spot where you can take a rest or picnic and enjoy the fresh air among tall ponderosa pines. East, across the valley of the Rio San Jose, sits one of New Mexico's highest peaks, Mount Taylor. Also visible in the distance to the east are the towns of Milan and Grants. To the south are the sandstone bluffs of El Malpais National Monument.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead - FR504 (0 mi)
At the junction of FR480 and FR504, there is a large meadow to the east of FR480 and an old log cabin at the start of the trail on FR540. Proceed north on FR504 to start the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Grants, New Mexico

From I-40, take Exit 81/NM 53 south 0.3 miles to Zuni Canyon Road (County Road 49). Turn right/west on Zuni Canyon Road and travel 10.9 miles to State Route 57/Forest Service Road 480 and take a right/west. Follow FR480 for 8.6 miles to the trailhead at FR504, which will be on your right. You'll be in a huge meadow and an old log cabin will be plainly visible.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Mount Taylor (elevation 11306ft) is not New Mexico's highest peak, that would be Mount Wheeler (elevation 13359ft).
–Andy Dilts (08/18/2020)
–Scott Mitchell (09/04/2020)

Writer Information

Scott Mitchell

Mapping Crew - New Mexico

Scott Mitchell is a Personal Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor in Albuquerque. A New Mexico native, Scott lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, adjacent to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area in the Cibola National Forest. Scott likes to get out at every opportunity to explore his state's off-road trails. As a Trailsoffroad contributor, his goal is to find and share as much reliable information as possible to help others navigate and enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors.
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