Explore the most popular hiking trails near Magdalena with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


10 months ago

To find the trailhead follow the signs toward the Water Canyon Group Campground, then stay left through a cattle guard up an unmarked dirt road – rutted and rocky – about .6 mile. Trail is shady, wide, gravelly, and gradual on lower part; rocky and steeper up high – no surprise – but we did not do the final climb - no views before that as you are in a tight valley. Appears to be an Ideal mountain bike trail (I don't bike). No water on lower part in September, but numerous small still pools up high. As far as “for very experienced adventurers”, I’d call it easy on the lower part and moderate up high. Water Canyon road is open and drive-able to the top – bikers might consider riding up that road, crossing over and coming down Copper Canyon Trail. Recommend looking at the Forest Service maps too. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cibola/recarea/?recid=64640

Great trail. Remote; no people anywhere! Steep ascent and good shade in spots.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The first 2 miles were not fun. I don't like to walk on roads when I'm out on a hike. Aside from that, the trail was pretty easy to follow and the views from the top were worth it! Perfect getaway from the Abq foothills.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantastic hike, but a little hot in June. The Copper Canyon (Trail 10) was beautiful and shady. Coming down on the other side of the ridge (Trail 11) was very hot and sunny.

This is a tough hike. Especially the first 2 miles or so... Quite a few switchbacks but not terrible. Nice views.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Beautiful views! I love this area.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

We went into the Wilderness at Springtime Campground. The hike to San Mateo Peak was very steep and rocky but had fantastic views. San Mateo Spring was dry as was the cistern and well at San Mateo Peak. We did find some water at 25 Yard Spring.

We dropped our packs at 25 Yard Spring and continued on to Apache Kid Peak. We did not find the marker, but we were looking for something more pronounced.

This is a great trip. We saw more bears than people. Lots of bear sign but no problems. It is a beautiful area that does not get much use. Check it out if you are looking for something less used.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

We put started at Springtime campground and then hiked up trail 43 (Apache Kid Trail). The scenery was great with lots of bear sign near the campground. There was no water at San Mateo Spring or at San Mateo Peak and it looks like both have been dry for a long time. There was flowing water (not much) at 25 yard spring.
We hiked to where the Apache Kid marker is supposed to be but we were not able to find it.
This a beautiful area that is only lightly used. We did not see any other people until we were almost out of the Wilderness It is a pretty good climb, but well worth the effort. Just be prepared to pack in water.

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