Albuquerque: Whitewater Creek via the Catwalk

Set a weekend aside for this challenging 19.7-mile lasso loop (with numerous campsites) that connects two pinched gorges with suspended bridges.
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Set a weekend aside for this challenging 19.7-mile lasso loop (with numerous campsites) that connects two pinched gorges with suspended bridges.

Mapped by Bill Velasquez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 27.9

Waypoints

CAT001

Location: 33.3725700378418, -108.842300415039

Follow blue markers to Whitewater Creek Trail, an obstacle course of ledges, bridges, stairs, and the Catwalk (a steel platform suspended above a gorge); old water pipeline from mining days still clings to rock walls

CAT002

Location: 33.3761596679688, -108.828002929688

Pass suspension bridge on R. In 300 yds., straight @ 3-way with Gold Dust Trail; scan rocks for lizards and rattlesnakes

CAT003

Location: 33.3663101196289, -108.809700012207

Go R @ 3-way onto South Fork Whitewater Creek Trail; cross creek. In 200 ft., pass crumbling powerhouse (once supplied juice for mining boomtown of Mogollon)

CAT004

Location: 33.3582038879394, -108.803161621094

Continue SE along base of Angels Roost. Watch your step—poison ivy and stinging nettles grow along creek

CAT005

Location: 33.3277282714844, -108.768798828125

Bear L @ Y, heading E; cut through meadow (good camp spots)

CAT006

Location: 33.3242492675781, -108.743202209473

Creek dwindles as trail continues E. Camp across creek on flat spot with ponderosa pines and aspens

CAT007

Location: 33.3270683288574, -108.72859954834

Straight @ 3-way. In .3 mi., bear L @ Y on saddle; descend into Winn Canyon on Deloche Trail; views open E to Grouse Mtn.

CAT008

Location: 33.3336906433106, -108.72859954834

Descend steep switchbacks, dropping 2,000 ft. to creek

CAT009

Location: 33.3518104553223, -108.744102478027

Turn L @ T onto Whitewater Creek Trail. In .5 mi., straight @ 3-way with Deloche Trail; path skips across creek several times, then climbs to dry terrain

CAT010

Location: 33.3565292358398, -108.759399414062

Cross Whitewater Creek, then follow canyon's course SW

CAT011

Location: 33.3664016723633, -108.805297851562

Keep straight @ 3-way with Powerhouse Trail; return to WPT 3, turn R, retrace steps

The Catwalk Trailhead

Location: 33.372631072998, -108.842330932617

©Bill Velasquez

Powerhouse Sign

Location: 33.3643760681152, -108.812721252441

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The Catwalk

Location: 33.3763313293457, -108.834457397461

A steel platform winds above the creek.
©Bill Velasquez

Whitewater Creek Trail

Location: 33.3518218994141, -108.744369506836

©Bill Velasquez

Whitewater Creek

Location: 33.3567047119141, -108.759712219238

©Bill Velasquez

Angel's Roost

Location: 33.3661193847656, -108.804351806641

©Bill Velasquez