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Cabra Loop Trail No. 179

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
2.7 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6900 feet
Elevation Range:
6900 feet to 7600 feet
Elevation Change:
700 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

Leaving the junction with the Rendija Trail, the Cabra Trail switchbacks a couple times as it climbs out of Rendija Canyon, and continues steadily up a side canyon untill it tops out on a mesa top known locally as Beanfield Mesa, where settlers once dry farmed. The trail skirts the edge of Cabra Canyon with some dramatic views, then continues climbing to the north and meets the old Upper Guaje Road, now closed to motor vehicles. Most bikers using this trail will ride a loop consisting of Upper Cemetary Road and this western portion of the Cabra Loop Trail.

If you continue east on the Cabra Loop, expect areas of both deep and loose eroding pumice soils and very rough rocky trail. This eastern half of the loop is not really suitable nor recommended for biking, but can be an interesting hike. Continuing east, look just north of this junction for the leg of the Cabra Loop Trail that will turn to the east and bring you down to the junction with the Pajarito Trail.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

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Details

Length:
2.7 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6900
Elevation Range:
6900 feet to 7600
Elevation Change:
700
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Guaje Mountain
Additional Details:

This trail, like many in the Los Alamos area, is at least partially within the area burned by the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000. The trail has suffered severe damage in some places, and trail rehabilitation efforts have failed to fully restore the trail to pre-fire conditions.

Visitors should be aware of dangers and hazards in the burned area. In particular, recreation in the burned area should be avoided during windy days and during rainstorms due to the danger of flash floods and falling trees.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The Cabra Loop Trail can be accessed from either the Rendija Trail 297 or from the Pajarito Trail 286. To access it from the Rendija Trail, follow the Rendija Trail east from the Guaje Pines Cemetary for .8 miles to the Cabra Trail junction. To access it from the Pajarito Trail, take San Ildefonso Road to Forest Road 57, heading towards the Sportsman’s club shooting range. Just after the end of the pavement, turn north to a small parking area with a Forest Service trailhead kiosk. This is the trailhead for the Pajarito Trail. Follow the Pajarito down across Rendija Canyon and up the other side, and you will junction with the Cabra Loop Trail in about .6 miles.


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