Albuquerque: Embudo-Whitewash Loop

Move from scrubby desert to forested foothills on this 9.5-mile loop just minutes from downtown. Pack ample water and a raptor ID book.
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Move from scrubby desert to forested foothills on this 9.5-mile loop just minutes from downtown. Pack ample water and a raptor ID book.

-Mapped by Bill Velasquez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.3

Waypoints

Trail #365 marker

Location: 35.1034660339356, -106.48641204834

Hiking SE toward the arid plains on the outskirts of Albuquerque
© Bill Velasquez

Where the raptor soar!

Location: 35.100414276123, -106.445175170898

Gazing overhead at the raptor migration route
© Bill Velasquez

Lunch Views 2

Location: 35.1180648803711, -106.44344329834

Oso Pass
© Bill Velasquez

Lunch Views 1

Location: 35.1175689697266, -106.443031311035

A clearing gives way to views of the Sandia Mountains
© Bill Velasquez

Looking South

Location: 35.1086616516113, -106.439407348633

An exceptional view to the south
© Bill Velasquez

Looking down at Embudo

Location: 35.1040458679199, -106.442039489746

A winding view down Embudo Canyon
© Bill Velasquez

HB sign #2

Location: 35.0944786071777, -106.471900939941

Hiking past the Horse Bypass route marker
© Bill Velasquez

3 Gun Spring Trail Marker

Location: 35.1033020019531, -106.443283081055

Wooden post marking Three Gun Spring Trail
© Bill Velasquez

EMB001

Location: 35.098991394043, -106.47989654541

Bear E toward water tank on Embudo Trail

EMB002

Location: 35.097339630127, -106.472396850586

Straight under power lines, hiking the Horse Bypass S between spiny yucca and scrubby oak

EMB003

Location: 35.0944709777832, -106.472297668457

Swing E; enter 37,000-acre Sandia Mtn. Wilderness, designated ’78

EMB004

Location: 35.0952606201172, -106.465599060059

Stay parallel to, but above, seasonal creekbed and Embudo Spring

EMB005

Location: 35.0999221801758, -106.445426940918

Climb a few tight switchbacks to 180° views of Embudo Canyon and the S. Sandia Mtns., a raptor migration route

EMB006

Location: 35.1035118103027, -106.442497253418

Embudo Trail ends, veer NE on Three-Gun Spring Trail, breaking for S views of the crinkly, gray Manzano Mtns.

EMB007

Location: 35.1087417602539, -106.439002990723

Cross seasonal stream nestled under ponderosa pines

EMB008

Location: 35.1142616271973, -106.443901062012

Continue climbing N through shady relief

EMB009

Location: 35.1178092956543, -106.443099975586

Oso Pass: Turn L @ 4-way onto unmarked Whitewash Trail with ridgeline views of high desert, distant peaks

EMB010

Location: 35.1162605285644, -106.467796325684

Don’t miss turn: Go L @ Y onto Whitewash Trail; descend SW back into desert

EMB011

Location: 35.1139106750488, -106.46849822998

Fisheye views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mtns.; carefully proceed SW on steep, poorly defined trail

EMB012

Location: 35.1094207763672, -106.480003356934

Trail breaks into various braids; stay on unmarked Whitewash Trail, which follows L side of descending ridgeline

EMB013

Location: 35.103385925293, -106.486824035645

Straight @ 4-way; cross Trail #365. Hike SE on unnamed trail to lot