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Embudo Canyon and Whitewash Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,509 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

no shade

Trail was prime on 3/28, dry but more traffic than usual. The piedra vista makes it worth the trip but the descent is pretty steep and took a toll on my groups knees. Make sure to bring lots of water.

snow
9 days ago

Great challenging trail. Super steep parts in the first 3 miles but worth the views at the top! Ran into a few patches of snow but nothing hard to cross. Definitely bring a couple sources of navigation. I lost cell service in a couple patches and there are a lot of crossing trails without markers.

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
snow
2 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Great hike! At least six inches of snow in the Oso Pass area.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Great trail, but it can be misleading at times. There is a rocky area just over a mile in, stay to the left and then it remains overgrown for about another half of a mile. It’s a technical train with the majority single track; 9 mile loop.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
11 months ago

hiking
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Did this loop 3/20/19 clockwise: up whitewash, connected with Embudo to South Peak and back down Embudo. Hit snow right before Embudo connection, no snowshoes needed but I did put on my spikes 4 times, could be done without traction devices. Whitewash is steep and straight up! Great views throughout and I always love hiking and running Embudo Canyon, it’s one of my favorite trails! Enjoy.

running
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Let me start by saying I'm an avid east coast trail runner. Needless to say, the starting altitude as a bit different than what I'm used to. 3k ft of elevation isn't that foreign but man, this was a tough run. It's beautiful, technical and difficult. The 1st few miles are fairly runnable but the last 3 to the top are pretty steep. the way back down is mostly runnable but there's a mile or so of steep slag. Great views from above, awesome rock formations and snow on the top! Admittedly, a better hike than a run, if you're up for a challenge, go for it... you won't regret!

We hiked counterclockwise. Everything was pretty decent going up Embudo. Most of the snow on Embudo had cleared. There were some steep snowy areas coming down Whitewash. Traction was useful. Below the snow the trail is quite steep and gravelly.

hiking
Sat Mar 02 2019

We did this hike clockwise and there was a lot of incline to start if you go this route. The second half of the trail was pretty difficult because there was still snow and we ended up postholing for a couple of miles, which made the hike a lot more strenuous than it should have been. I would really like to do the hike again once all the snow melts. Use the AllTrails app so you stay on trail and don't go the wrong way when a junction hits.

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3 days ago

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2 months ago

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