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Grasshopper Canyon

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 208' 63 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 7,267' 2,215 m
Low: 7,065' 2,153 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Peter Olson

Singletrack that zips though forest, cliffs and a stream bed.

Peter Olson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A short fun out and back trail along a seasonal stream that ends in swimming holes.

Description

Take I-25 north from Santa Fe. Get off at exit 297 (Valencia). Go left underneath I-25 and get back on southbound, drive for about 1 1/2 miles and park in a large pull-off marked by a giant green road sign saying "Canoncito at Apache Canyon."

At the north end of the parking lot follow the obvious trail down to the stream bed. The trail follows this waterway upstream to the swimming holes. Most of the trail is smooth hardpacked singletrack. There are numerous stream crossings, but most of these can easily be forded.

There are some downed trees as you get further up-canyon. Look for the big cliffs and stay with the water. Eventually, you'll come to a pool formed by the canyon walls narrowing - climb around or swim through. There are 3 pools (depending on water levels) for your hot summer enjoyment.

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Photos

Climb just off the trail to experience these views from the surrounding clifftops.
Mar 20, 2017 near Pecos, NM
A swimming hole exists ephemerally in Grasshopper Canyon.
Mar 20, 2017 near Pecos, NM
A family navigates the streambed on a fallen log in Grasshopper Canyon.
Mar 20, 2017 near Pecos, NM

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