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Calaveras Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 2.5 (2)

A very managable, gentle trail in a green, unburned area of the Jemez Mountains.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

97%

Runnable

8,532' 2,601 m

High

8,129' 2,478 m

Low

442' 135 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

Need to Know

The parking for the canyon is a small pullout just off highway 126 big enough for one, maybe two, cars.

Runner Notes

The footing is generally smooth and easy going.

Description

Calveras Canyon is a nice little canyon flanked by rocky outcroppings and mature, green Ponderosa trees. The trail in the canyon is mostly "cattle singletrack" and/or old two-track passing through intermittent meadows. With the exception of cattle roaming the canyon, you're sure to have the canyon to yourself.
The gentle grade makes for a very easy outing. Combined with the neighboring Rio Cebolla Trail, this can make for a great 14 mile loop. Or run the canyon as an out-and-back for an eight mile jaunt.

Flora & Fauna

You'll definitely encounter domesticated cattle but are likely to see elk and maybe coyote.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Halladay

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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Running below a cool outcropping in Calaveras Canyon.
Aug 11, 2020 near Santa T…, NM
Meadow running in Calaveras Canyon.
Aug 11, 2020 near Santa T…, NM

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