Update on Condition of Los Alamos Trails

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin has completed his assessment of trail conditions following the Friday the 13th storms.

Trail Conditions as of Oct. 17:

Due to flooding and construction work on the Los Alamos Reservoir, the road to the reservoir is currently closed.

Floods damaged a section of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Look for trail detour signs that lead across an entry road to the New Mexico Consortium Building to avoid the damaged and hazardous section of trail.

Floods washed away most of the canyon bottoms sections of the Mitchell Trail above the big water tank north of the trailhead. Use caution: the route is rugged but passable.

Heavy rains in mid-September created ruts on most trails on the County Trail Network. The trails are all usable, and the damage is minimal. Repairs are underway.

The trails along West Jemez Road on the Santa Fe National Forest were all impacted by flooding.

  • Except for two short, rough stream crossings, the Water Canyon Trail has been repaired to Sawmill Meadow. The upper section of trail is passable on foot, rough for bikes, but about half the upper trail has been repaired. 
  • Cañon de Valle Trail has a lot of loose gravel washed onto the lower 1.5 miles and is fine for hiking, challenging for biking. The upper half of the trail is in great shape.
  • Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop has washouts, missing bridges, trees down, deep ruts, and is overgrown. Passable on foot with caution.
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