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

East Slopes of the Magdalenas

Name: East Slopes of the Magdalenas
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Length: 16.0 miles
Elevation: 5600 ft min, 6800 ft max
Start: Junction of FR 505 and US 60
Finish: Junction of FR 38 and US 60
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This pleasant ride through the eastern foothills of the Magdalena range includes the entrances to the four major canyons: Jordan. Water, South, and Six-mile. The descent to US 60 at the bottom of Sedillo Hill on FR 38 is extremely rough and can be avoided by exiting, instead, on FR 38A which joins US 60 at the top of Sedillo Hill.

Location

Getting There: Junction of FR 505 and US 60

By car, take Highway 60 west from Socorro; approximately 18 miles from town, turn south (left) onto Forest Road 505 and park on the side of the road near a ranch house.

Getting Back: Junction of FR 38 and US 60

Mileage Log

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 DIRT

Junction of FR 505 and US 60. This junction is approximately 3.7 miles west on US 60 from the Water Canyon turnoff (FR 235). Ride south on FR 505, steadily gaining 800 ft. in altitude.

3.0 DIRT

The old Papa Ranch at the entrance to Jordan Canyon. Do not continue up Jordan Canyon. Turn left at the windmill and ride south on FR 505.

6.4 DIRT

Junction with blacktop FR 235. Cross FR 235 and go through the gate on the other side to FR 214. Ride southeast on FR 214.

7.2 DIRT

Cross Water Canyon arroyo, go through the gate and continue riding southeast.

7.7 DIRT

FR 217 on the right. Do not turn. Continue east on FR 214.

8.4 DIRT

Windmill and water tank. Look for the gate at the corner of the fence line 50 yds BEFORE you reach the windmill. Go through the gate. The road angles to the right, becomes poorly defined, goes around the west end of the corral, and descends into the arroyo. The road climbs out of the arroyo to the left (south) just above the upper earth dam. Climb steadily towards the mouth of South Canyon.

10.5 DIRT

FR 214 crosses South Canyon arroyo.

10.6 DIRT

Junction with FR 37. Turn left and ride northeast on FR 37.

10.7 DIRT

Gate at the USFS boundary. Turn right (southeast) immediately after going through the gate.

11.8 DIRT

Road ends at T junction with FR 38A. To finish the ride at this point, turn left and reach US 60 at the top of Sedillo Hill in approximately 1.5 miles. To continue the ride, turn right and ride uphill towards Six-mile Canyon.

12.1 DIRT

Junction with FR 388. Go left on FR 38A.

13.1 DIRT

Junction with FR 38. Take FR 38 to the east (left). FR 38 becomes very rough from here to US 60.

Maps

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