Alamo Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,246' 380 m
Descent: -1,248' -380 m
High: 6,003' 1,830 m
Low: 4,762' 1,451 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A nice climb into the canyons that returns via the arroyo bottoms.”— Eric Borer
The mesa and Roundup Ground are rolling singletrack that take you to the junction of Alamo Canyon Trail and the Roundup Ground Trail (just under 3.0mi). To continue on this loop, go left at the junction (and small brown trail marker) and head down into Purgatory Canyon. This is the major descent in the trail, and it brings you down fairly quickly over some loose and rocky trail with narrow sections that can be dangerous if you are not careful. The washout on the right side of the trail leads to some thin singletrack with little to no room for error. You'll end this section at a cairned wash. Descend this wash on a moderately defined trail.
After the descent into Purgatory, you'll continue to a short grassy area and then into a narrow and ledged section that empties you into the arroyo at about 4.25 mi. Once in the arroyo, there is no defined trail. Finding the quickest line through the boulders, rocky and sometimes sandy wash is a challenge but can be really fun. Following the canyon bottom will lead you back to the original crossing and back onto the doubletrack toward the parking area.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Socorro Field Office