Cerro Blanco Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
#40 of 50 trails in

Cerro Blanco Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estancia, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice short trail that takes you to the crest trail number 170. The difficulty of this trail system is not bad. It begins rather easy and quickly changes over to a steep grade that last for about a half mile. After the steep grade the trail continues to gain elevation mildly. Once you hit the crest trail it is either north or south from there. A short hike north offers great views of Valencia and Torreon county. From this point there are several options you can do such as continue north to the fourth of July trail and make it a loop trail. You can continue hiking north on the crest trail where you will meet a fence that has a gate to open and from this point a little farther north opens up to awesome views of Bernalillo county.

I have also backpacked to the top and have camped off the crest trail close to the point of where Cerro Blanco and the crest trail meet. You have an opportunity to see amazing sunsets and lots of wildlife. The major con is the lack of water, I had to hike up lots of water to have for drinking and meal preparations, needless to say I do this just as an overnight.

hiking
7 months ago