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The area is generally open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset during spring, summer and fall; winter hours vary according to weather conditions.
Each of these three loops offers up a slightly different character on this run. Starting out with an easy going ascent through piñon pines, you then start a rough climb to a narrow mountain pass on the second loop. Mountain views to the north are spectacular before descending back down to the common intersection. Lastly there is the corkscrew like climb up and around the flanks of Gomez Peak. Views of the surrounding area are unobstructed as you wrap around the peak. Finally you return to the well maintained loop that leads back to the trailhead.
Need to Know
Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery is a great place to for a post run beer and something to eat.
The Mountain Loop Trail
does have some rough rocky sections. Watch your footing and take care not to roll an ankle.
Begin at the Gomez Peak Trailhead. All intersections are posted with a number and reference map. Ascend the northern leg of the Pinon Loop Trail
passing markers 2 and 3 on your way to an obvious junction of trails at marker 4. Turn north onto the Mountain Loop Trail
and take a sharp left (southwest) at marker 9 to run in a clockwise manner. Reach the pass at marker 10 and head down the northern side to begin the descent back to the junction of trails. Pass marker 11 and remain on the Mountain Loop Trail
until back at marker 4. Continue straight on through, directly south, to reach marker 5 and the Angel Loop Trail
. Take a right turn (southwest) and run the trail in a counterclockwise direction. Pass marker 6, continuing on the Angel Loop Trail
to return to marker 5. Take a sharp right (northeast) to return to the second leg of the Pinon Loop Trail
for the descent back to the trailhead. Pass marker 1 following a sharp turn to the north returning to the trailhead.
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