Albuquerque: North Apache Kid Trail

Seeking solitude? Test your compass skills as you venture 9.4 miles into a canyon of recovering burn zones and trickling springs in the San Mateo Mountains.
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Seeking solitude? Test your compass skills as you venture 9.4 miles into a canyon of recovering burn zones and trickling springs in the San Mateo Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.6

Waypoints

APC001

Location: 33.7218208312988, -107.477203369141

Head E on old, fading trail; bring compass and keep eyes open for old trail ruts

APC002

Location: 33.7204780578613, -107.464378356934

Bear SE as braided trail continues up Water Canyon

APC003

Location: 33.715705871582, -107.457763671875

STrail bends S and canyon walls narrow

APC004

Location: 33.7109413146973, -107.454200744629

From this point, creek flow becomes intermittent

APC005

Location: 33.7069396972656, -107.448402404785

Pass small spring with old galvanized water tanks and weathered signpost. Good primitive campsite in open spot

APC006

Location: 33.6984405517578, -107.441398620605

Stay straight @ Y on Trail #43

APC007

Location: 33.6928596496582, -107.439498901367

Trail meanders 40 ft. above murky brown Water Canyon Creek (seasonal)

APC008

Location: 33.6840782165527, -107.436401367188

Trail becomes faint again in almost-bare burn zone (Coffee Pot wildfire of ’94); follow along creek

APC009

Location: 33.6803703308106, -107.440498352051

Limbs blanket charred ground; stay SW

APC010

Location: 33.6790618896484, -107.442100524902

Vista: Canyon walls peppered with germinating trees; greens and browns are slowly overtaking the blacks leftover from the forest fire. Return to trailhead, or continue to Blue Mountain and Apache Kid gravesite on an overnight trip