For our hike on the second day of our stay in the Jemez Mountains, after breakfast at the Hwy4 Cafe in Jemez Springs we returned to Paliza Canyon, to hike up the Canyon as far as was reasonable. We’ve hiked up as far as the turnout to Goblin Colony, but wanted to explore the Canyon itself.
We parked at the junction of FR 10 and FR 266, .4 mile beyond the bridge across the stream. Then headed up FR 271, the two-track that goes north between 10 and 266, for .8 miles. Here we depart from the trail to Goblin Colony, bearing right through a fence line (the gate was open on this day). The canyon is relatively narrow, tho’ not restricted, with a healthy forest all about. I was disappointed that there isn’t a stream; maybe in the spring with snow-melt. The going was easy, thus the 6.17 miles, among our longer hikes to date.
Total Distance: 6.17 miles
Elevation: start 6,837 ft, maximum 7,537 ft, minimum 6,837 ft
Gross gain: 700 ft. Aggregate ups & downs: ascending 1,586 ft, descending 1,582 ft
Maximum slope: 34% ascending, 32% descending, 8.4% average
GPS .KML file for Google Earth: Paliza Canyon.Pat.2017-11-09
I urge you to explore our hiking tracks with Google Earth. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the 2-dimensional screenshot above. For assistance: Using Google Earth Track Files.
References: (not many hikes up the canyon, most branch off to Goblin Colony)
AllTrails: Paliza Canyon