1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532
- 5 miles
- 3 - 4 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 7400 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 7400 feet to 9000 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 1600 feet
- Spring to Fall
From Rancho Viejo this trail heads uphill to the northwest. The trail is not very clear, and no trail sign exists at the junction. Parts of this climb are steep. Once you reach the dry ridgetop, follow the ridge to the northeast for about three and a half miles. This section has no water available. The west end of the trail is a steep downhill, crossing a small drainage to the forest boundary and the Boy Scout Camp.
- Santa Fe Area
- Snowshoeing, Hiking
Use is very light. Most of the trail use is by scouts or Nambe Pueblo residents accessing the Pecos Wilderness.
The trail follows the ridge top north of Ranch Viejo, and at this time is not well-established and is hard to follow in some places.
There are outstanding views to the east of Santa Fe Baldy, Redondo, Lake and Penitente Peaks and to the west the Jemez Mountains and Espanola Valley. The vegetation is Ponderosa Pine, white fir and limber pine at higher elevations and pinyon and juniper in the lower elevations.
Watch for numerous cactus species. There are many nice camp sites along the ridge, but you must carry all your water.
The trail is 5 miles long from Rancho Viejo to the forest boundary with another half mile to the road at Camp Frank Rand. There are some steep climbs, but generally it is not a difficult trail.
Map + Directions
The Scout Trail connects Borrego Trail 150 with Camp Frank Rand Boy Scout Camp. The trail heads west from Borrego Trail just north of the private land at Rancho Viejo. Camp Frank Rand is private land and there is no public parking available. However, it may be possible to arrange for access through the camp by calling the scout office in Albuquerque.