Guides and Trips

Trips
Climbing out of Cañada Bonita Photo
Early on, the trail passes through the Las Conchas fire burn scar Photo
Heading toward the Valle de los Posos overlook Photo
Cañada Bonita Photo
Cañada Bonita Backcountry Ski Trip
by bikeandhikenm on Dec 26, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Back-country skiing | 2.7 miles
Winter provides no excuse for not using the trails around Los Alamos (until it gets icy). The winter trip, on skis or snowshoes, to the Valle de los Posos overlook on the rim of the Valles Caldera is a favorite of many. There's easy parking at the far west end of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area lot. The first section of the trip is on a groomed ski track, and beyond the...
Wagon ruts along the North Bayo Bench Trail Photo
The North Bayo Bench Trail is usually walkable in winter Photo
Winter view from the end of the trail Photo
Bayo Bench
by bikeandhikenm on Dec 21, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.7 miles
A trip along the North Bayo Bench Trail is an easy, scenic journey on the wide ledge above Bayo Canyon. The trailhead is located just east of the roundabout at the intersection of Diamond Drive, San Ildefonso, and North Mesa Road.
The Ranch School Trail switchbacks Photo
The large bridge over Acid Canyon Photo
Rocks and pines on the North Bench Trail Photo
Tight passage on the North Bench Trail Photo
Bridges Loop (Long)
by bikeandhikenm on Dec 05, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
The two high bridges over Pueblo Canyon were installed in 1999 at the prompting of the Los Alamos Pathways Association. The group knew that trail connections over the deep gorge of Pueblo Canyon would connect the north and east neighborhoods of Los Alamos with other neighborhoods and the downtown area. Also, the connections would generate a variety of loop trips to be enjoyed on foot or bike.This loop starts at the aquatic...
Rocky cliffs and ponderosa pines Photo
Entrance to Kinnikinnik Park Photo
Acid Canyon Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Dec 03, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 0.9 miles
Here's one of the few short and easy trips in Los Alamos. The loop is less than a mile and for the most part follows a bedrock fireroad through beautiful open pine stands. The return leg uses an equestrian trail built around 1920 by students at the Los Alamos Ranch School for Boys. All of this on the edge of downtown Los Alamos.The trailhead is located at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic...
Olive Canyon from the nature trail Photo
Pueblo Canyon Bridge Photo
North Pueblo Bench Photo
Bridges Loop (Short)
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 28, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
A short loop in the middle of Los Alamos that circumvents central Pueblo Canyon using two trail bridges. There are a myriad of trails in this area, but the in general the loop heads to the Pueblo Canyon Bridge and follows the North Pueblo Bench to the next bridge, then returns via the South Pueblo Bench.The trailhead is at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street about a quarter mile east of Diamond...
Wagon ruts along the North Bayo Bench Trail Photo
Along the narrow part of the North Bayo Bench Photo
View from the overlook Photo
Ruts on the old road descending the north face of the mesa Photo
Bayo Canyon Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 27, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
The Bayo Canyon Loop trip uses old homestead roads to circle around the head of Bayo Canyon between North and Barranca mesas. The loop offers long-range vistas, open pine forests, and the chance to walk on 100-year-old trails. The trailhead is located just east of the roundabout at the intersection of Diamond Drive, San Ildefonso, and North Mesa Road.
Waterfall below the springs Photo
The Rio Grande along the River Trail Photo
The ascent on the Red Dot Trail Photo
White Rock Canyon Photo
Dot to Dot Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 23, 2012
White Rock, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 6.2 miles
This is one of the grand hiking trips in Los Alamos. White Rock Canyon is a spectacular gorge carved by the Rio Grande through lava flows. The canyon is about 1,000 feet deep, and two trails lead from rim to river. You can connect the Red Dot and Blue Dot trail with the White Rock Canyon Rim Trail on top, and the River Trail parallel to the Rio Grande.This isn't a trip...
Homestead Tour markers are located at the beginning of the trail Photo
Deer Trap Mesa Photo
The trail is often worn in deep ruts in the Bandelier tuff Photo
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Deer Trap Mesa
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 21, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
A fun and easy trip to a great view point at the end of the mesa. The trip features a deer trap, ancient rock stairs, and historic homestead interpretive signs.The trail head is located at the end of Barranca Road where there is parking at the dead end.
Near the Mitchell Trail Photo
Looking down the ridge Photo
The lower ridge Photo
Guaje Ridge Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 18, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 10.6 miles
A long but rewarding loop through the Cerro Grande burn area. The route gains 1500 in the first 2.5 miles, then gradually loses that elevation along 3.5 miles of Guaje Ridge. Almost the entire route is in the Cerro Grande burn scar, and some of it was reburned by the Las Conchas fire.The trailhead is at the Mitchell Trailhead at the intersection of Arizona and 45th.
Kwage Mesa Trail Photo
Looking down Pueblo Canyon Photo
Juniper leaves shredded during the hailstorm in October 2012 Photo
Most of the piñons on the mesa died during the 2001-2002 drought Photo
Kwage Mesa Trails
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 14, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 4.1 miles
In a place where the terrain is almost always steep, the finger mesas of the Pajarito Plateau offer flat, easy hiking.Like the others, Kwage Mesa points east toward the Sangre de Cristos, sloping slightly over two miles. The first portion of the loop is a winding trail along the south edge of the mesa. The trail meets a wide utility road and follow it to the end of the mesa where grand...
Volunteer planted pines near the Mitchell Trailhead Photo
Looking into Rendija Canyon from the Mitchell Trail Photo
The trail up the canyon bottom Photo
The turn off to start the return leg of the loop Photo
Mitchell Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 13, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
This loop combines the original Mitchell Trail with the canyon bottom trail that over the years became known as the Mitchell Trail. David Mitchell built the trail to climb and follow a minor ridge on the way to the much large Guaje Ridge. This loop follows the canyon-bottom trail going out and returns on the ridge trail.The trailhead is located where Yucca, 45th, and Arizona meet.
Pine forest in Rendija Canyon Photo
Pine forest in Rendija Canyon Photo
Cabra Loop Trail begins to ascend Photo
In the canyon heading to Beanfield Mesa Photo
Cabra Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Nov 03, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 4.9 miles
A nice loop trip for winter hiking. The first half of the trails are in great shape and have been recently worked; the second half of the loop uses trails in much need of work. The last section of the loop is caught in no man's land as we wait transfer of the parcel from the Department of Energy to the County of Los Alamos.Be aware that some of this trip is...
Mitchell Trail Photo
Rendija Canyon Photo
The arch from a distance Photo
Natural Arch Trail entrance Photo
Natural Arch Trail
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 30, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
A short but challenging hike close to town, a lot of hikers don't find the arch on their first attempt. The turn off from the Mitchell Trail is now well marked with tall cairns. The switchback beginning of the trail requires clamoring over or under a few large fallen trees. Then the trail becomes a route that ascends steeply over ledges, narrow passages, tall stairs; it is marked with cairns, scuffed rocks, and sometimes...
Turn off the road here Photo
PEEC Nature Trail marker Photo
Olive Street Canyon from the nature trail Photo
PEEC Nature Trail
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 30, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 0.6 miles
This short little nature trail in town is best combined with a visit to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The trail starts at the center and trail guides are available there. 
Behind the steel gate Photo
Historic road section Photo
Dozer line trail Photo
The slope on the Reverse Traverse Photo
Canon De Valle Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 28, 2012
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Until we rebuild the upper Water Canyon Trail, this is the best loop in the canyons along West Jemez Road. It's easy to follow except for the connection between Forest Road 181 and Cañon de Valle at the end of the loop.The trailhead is up a short, rough track located 1.5 miles south of Camp May/West Road along West Jemez Road  (1.6 miles south of the small "Vehicle Access Portal" at Los...
The cave Photo
Quemazon Trail Photo
The first level spot Photo
Rock cairns and pine sapling at the trail start Photo
Cave Of The Winds
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 26, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.1 miles
The Cave of the Winds is a small cave that has long been of favorite destination of the kids of Los Alamos. It is reached via the Quemazon Trail and a short spur, the Cave of the Winds Trail. Note that the distance on the map is one-way; the total trip is 2 miles. Take flashlight to explore the cave--it isn't very big, but it is dark in the back.
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Satch Cowan Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 25, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 1.7 miles
Who Was Satch Cowan?Born on a Missouri farm, Helen “Satch” Cowan came to Los Alamos in 1945 to work for the Manhattan Project as a physical chemist.  She met her future husband, George Cowan, while working in Chicago, but they married in Santa Fe and settled in Los Alamos.  Satch engaged in all kinds of athletic activities in her mountain hometown: skiing on Pajarito Mountain, swimming in the town’s pools, and mostly...
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Camp Hamilton-Zipline Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Oct 03, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 5.6 miles
This trip is one of several possible loop hikes in Pueblo Canyon. You can start at East Park or the airport or at the Pajarito Cliffs site, but by starting at the Los Alamos Cooperative market you can pick up some food and drink at the end of your journey.Along the loop, the trail passes on wide benches above sheer cliffs, so be watchful of children on this hike.The first half mile...
Canyon Rim Trail Bridge Photo
Los Alamos Mesa Trail Photo
Singletrack Photo
Zipline Trail Photo
Canyon Rim Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Sep 27, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 3.7 miles
This loop starts at East Park on State Road 502. The paved Los Alamos Mesa Trail skirts the west edge of the park, then passes along the rim of Pueblo Canyon. Near the airport, the path narrows to a dirt track that continues along the north boundary of the airport. Near the Pajarito Cliffs Site, the trail turns south, passes through a growing commercial district, and then cross the highway to pick...
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Nail Trail-Pajarito Canyon Loop
by bikeandhikenm on Sep 15, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
The Pajarito Canyon Trailhead is about 0.6 miles south of the intersection with Camp May/West Road on West Jemez Road (State Road 503). There is plenty of parking off the highway. From the parking area, walk downhill into the canyon on a rocky road, pass the return route to the left, cross the canyon bottom and pickup the Nail Trail as it angle up the slope to the right.

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