Cienega Trail

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New Mexico, United States, North America
Route Type:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Half a day
Class 1

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Cienega Trail
Created On: Jan 9, 2009
Last Edited On: Jan 22, 2009


Distance - 2.8 miles (one-way)
Trailhead Elevation - 7560'
Summit Elevation - 9627'
Gain - 2040'


See the "Getting There" section for the Cienega Route on the Point 9627 main page.

Route Description

Cienega-Crest IntersectionThe marker for the intersection with the Crest Trail

This trail begins as a well defined, well maintained trail. Continue up the trail where it will intersect with the Faulty Trail. Head west straight across the Faulty trail. At times this trail can become rather steep and rocky but never really gets beyond a Class 1 trail. After 2.3 miles you will reach the Crest Trail which sits at about 9,280ft so at this point there is not much further to go. Head north on the Crest Trail for about a quarter mile. Here is where you will leave the trail and head directly for the summit. The brush and trees are not too dense so bushwhacking and route finding are not difficult. At this point having a GPS with the summit coordinates entered would be helpful.

Essential Gear

Typical gear for a short hike. A GPS would be helpful for the final section of route finding.

External Links

Local weather: Albuquerque
Cibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District
Local Search and Resuce Team: Cibola SAR