- 6.3 miles
- 2 - 3 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 8150 feet
- Moderate to Heavy
- Year Round
Trails 1, 2, and 3 are excellent beginner trails with gentle slopes and open ponderosa pine stands and meadows. There is only a 300 foot elevation gradient from start to finish. Trails 1 and 2 are groomed and tracked periodically. Trail 4, 5, and 6 are intermediate trails with slightly steeper slopes and longer distances.
Trail 7 has a more gentle nature although it is approximately one mile longer. It is rated as more difficult. Near the head of Amole Canyon there are apporximately 200 yards of 20% grade. Recommended direction of travel for both the Upper and Lower Loops is up Amole Canyon. There are signs at intersections and blue diamonds designate the courses. For the adventurous, there are many unmarked logging roads in the area. Please don't travel alone. There is no patrol.
Trail 8 is rated as most difficult due to the 1/4 mile of 20% grade. This portion is narrow and not recommended unless one has mastered steep, narrow courses.
In the summer months trail can be used for hiking, and mountain biking. Trail is used in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
- Santa Fe Area
- Snowshoeing, Hiking
Map + Directions
From Taos, follow State Highway 518 approximately 15 miles south of the junction of State Highway 68 and 518, approximately 2 miles past the U.S. Hill Vista (on the left). Parking is available on the left side (east) of the highway (Forest Road 703 entrance).
From the Camino Real Ranger Station take State Highway 75 north through Vadito for 5 miles to the junction of Sate Highway 518 and proceed 1.5 miles to the Amole Canyon Road, Forest Road 703. Parking lot on the right side of the highway.