OverviewCedro Peak is a small but prominent peak in the Manzanita Mountains. The Mazanita Mountains are a subrange of the Manzano Mountains and act as a bridge between the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. This area sits at a lower elevation and is blanketed with pine trees. The peak is topped by numerous communication towers making it easy to pick out from a distance. During warmer months it is a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and birding.
New Mexico Rank: 1304
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Getting ThereFrom Albuquerque, head east on I-40 and take the exit 175 (Tijeras). Stay right on the off-ramp splits but go straight through the light onto Highway 337. From the stop light at NM 337 and old US 66 (NM 333), head south for 5 miles. Turn left onto Juan Thomas road, there will be signs indicating this is the way to Cedro Group Campground. About a half mile down the road turn left onto a gravel road. Again there will be signs for Cedro Peak and Campground. About 1.5 miles down there will be a pull in as well as a second one just past the first. This is also the campground entrance so during certain times of the year it may be very busy.
The Cedro Peak area has a maze of trails; some go to the top, others do not. There is also a road that winds its way to the summit. None of the routes are long or challenging and do not require more than a few hundred feet elevation gain.
South Face: This route begins by heading up the road towards Cedro Peak. Once you reach a fence across the road it leaves the road and switchbacks up to the top. Overall this is an easy hike and the most direct route for hiking this peak.
Views from the summit:
Red TapeThere are no day use fees at this area. Pets should be kept on a leash and cleaned up after. See the camping section for information about camping fees. The summit has many buildings and communication towers that should be left alone.
CampingCamping can be found at the base of Cedro Peak at the Cedro Peak Campground. Check the following Forest Service website for prices and more information on this campground.
External LinksLocal weather: Albuquerque
Local Search and Resuce Team: Cibola SAR
Cibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District