This is a well-maintained trail around the outskirts of the San Juan College campus. The majority of the trail lies on singletrack through the wilderness surrounding the campus, although the eastern portion of the trail consists of the sidewalk along College Blvd.
The trail begins at the dirt parking lot to the north of the SJC Health and Human Performance Center. The trail can be completed in either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise). Going clockwise, the trail heads west over sandstone with some minor hills. It then turns north. The path meanders along dirt and sandstone trail around the north side of the campus.
At the northeast corner, the dirt path ends, and you'll proceed south on the sidewalk along College Boulevard until you reach Windsor Drive. At the intersection, cross Windsor Drive southbound and, once you are on the south side of the intersection run about 10 feet west, you'll see the dirt singletrack once again continuing through desert landscape. The southern portion of the trail features views of the pond and the fairways at Pinon Hills Golf Course. The trail continues to the west heading around the back side of the Health and Human Performance Center. The trail then turns back toward the east with some moderate sandstone hills leading you back to the parking lot.
The trail is mostly level with only a few areas of moderate grade. There are a number of fitness stations (pull-up bars, sit-up stations, etc.) along the western side of the trail behind the SJC Health and Human Performance Center. There is also an 18 hole disc golf course intermingled among the trail. The trail is not normally busy. It is primarily used by walkers and runners with the occasional mountain biker.
Overall, this is a nice trail for those craving a run but not wanting to leave the city.
Flora & Fauna
Various southwest trees and plants including pinon trees, yucca, and cactus grow here. Many of the plant species have been marked by the college for identification.
It's not uncommon to see rabbits, squirrels, lizards, and the occasional fox in the area. Snakes are always a possibility, but not common.
Shared By: Nate Lacey