ElevationAscent: 162' 49 m
Descent: -150' -46 m
High: 5,328' 1,624 m
Low: 5,200' 1,585 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“An easy loop around one of a kind desert rock formations.”— Brendan Ross
Trail maps ask that the trail be taken in a clockwise direction. The eastern trailhead is behind the Visitor's Center, near a windmill. The wide, flat doubletrack heads east, crossing a minor washout area, and turning north near a trail marker and a short connection to an observation point to the south. Hydra then meanders to the north for three-quarters of a mile. Near a connection to the campgrounds is an opening in the fence to the right; the trail for Table Mountain. A sun shade is just ahead, and the path then turns to the west.
After about a mile along the park's northern boundary, the trail passes another sun shade and marker, turning to the southwest. A trail extension to the west is in this area and is easy to miss. Hydra continues to the south, passing connections to the same extension and a shortcut to the campgrounds. Hydra passes one more sunshade, and finally circles back towards the main entrance area near the Botanical Garden.
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Land Manager: New Mexico State Parks - City of Rocks State Park