Cabezon Peak Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,347' 411 m
Descent: -1,346' -410 m
High: 7,767' 2,367 m
Low: 6,476' 1,974 m
GradeAvg Grade: 24% (14°)
Max Grade: 103% (46°)
“The run to the summit of this prominent volcanic plug rewards you with expansive views of the Rio Puerco Valley.”— Anthony Hjalmarson
If accessing from Albuquerque, take I-25 North for about 17 miles to US 550 West. Continue for about 41 miles and turn left on NM 279 past the village of San Luis. At this point the pavement ends and the road can become treacherous in inclement weather. Keep left at the fork and after 1.5 miles on the left you'll see the BLM sign for Cabezon Peak. You can follow the accompanying dirt route to a decent parking area, although higher clearance vehicles are recommended.
There is a registry at the parking area at the base of the trail. The trail eventually takes you to the east side of Cabezon Peak. It continue as a perimeter trail encircling he base of the peak. However, after about 1.1 miles, cairns indicate the continuation of the summit trail on the left. Heading northeast up a vague trail amongst loose rocks, you'll soon encounter the first Class 3 section. Faint red arrows painted on the rocks indicate to go "up." Shortly after this ascent, the gully will become more obvious. After ascending the gully, you'll emerge on small flat section of rock with a great view of valley. Continue your ascent up to the moss-covered rocks to your left and soon a cairn will mark the correct route on a fairly obvious trail.
Continue scrambling northeastward on the faint trail as another red arrow on a rock pointing upwards indicates the correct route. Do not follow the foot path to its termination under the large tree; instead, begin the run's final scramble by going up the large rocks south of the tree (you want to be above it and to the left). All that remains is a run along an obvious trail leading to the summit's rock shelter in which you'll find the summit registry and be rewarded with fantastic views of the Rio Puerco Valley and its various land formations.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Rio Puerco Field Office