2nd Annual
Tour of Socorro
April 19-20, 2008
Socorro, NM, USA
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Johnson Hill

Name: Johnson Hill
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 3/5 Skill 3/5 Route
Length: 27.5 miles, 4.0 hours
Elevation: 4600 ft min, 5540 ft max
Start: Escondida Bridge
Updated: Way back in 1993.

The initial climb up Johnson Hill is steep, but not too long. The view changes as you move away from the river valley. There are canyons, hidden valleys, old ranches, and more surprises. The less-traveled roads will be a fun challenge to the intermediate rider; the uphill grade will give everyone an aerobic workout.

Location

Escondida Bridge

Take I-25 exit 152, marked Escondida. The exit ramps dump you out onto NM 408; turn east (toward the valley floor). After about a 1/4 mile the road will make a sharp turn to the north, and start paralleling an irrigation ditch; continue for 1.4 miles to the intersection with Pueblito Road. Turn right onto Pueblito Road. After 1/2 mile you will encounter the mighty Escondida Bridge over the Rio Grande (don't blink!). Park in the dirt lot on the southeast side of the bridge.

To get there by bike from Socorro, see the trail Socorro to Escondida Bridge.

Mileage Log

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 PAVED

Escondida Bridge (reset your odometer to 0 if you got here by bike).

0.4 DIRT

At the T intersection, go left on the dirt road (the paved road goes right).

3.0 DIRT

Go north a short distance to the end of the side road for a great view, and then return to this point and continue on.

6.5 DIRT

Junction with signs. Take the right fork and head east.

7.9 DIRT

We will take a right on this side road for a side-trip to the ruins of a turn-of-the century ranch and old well.

8.0 DIRT

Go through the gate.

8.3 DIRT

Look around the ruins, and head back to the main road.

8.6 DIRT

This is the main road. Turn right and continue east, as before.

9.7 DIRT

Turn right on a small side road and head southeast.

10.6 DIRT

Pass by an old windmill.

10.7 DIRT

Spring. Go up the arroyo 100 ft., then right on the road on the other side.

11.0 DIRT

Go through the gate and close it afterwards.

12.9 DIRT

Dead refrigerator. Was it used once as a cattle feeding trough?

13.2 DIRT

Go left at the junction just before the windmill, and head northeast.

13.5 DIRT

Crest of the hill. Great views of the Sierra de Ia Cruz.

14.9 DIRT

Junction with main road. Turn left and head west.

16.8 DIRT

Check out the remains of this old ranch.

18.9 DIRT

Pass the turnoff you took (mile 9.7). Follow the main road back to the bridge.

27.5 DIRT

The Bridge.

Maps

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Map courtesy of Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, 2nd Edition (ISBN #0-88307-712-4).