Bayo Canyon Trail - Trail, Los Alamos, Mexico

Bayo Canyon Trail - Trail, Los Alamos, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

Trail starts at the parking area just past first roundabout at Diamond/San Ildefonso. Initially, a single track, it splits into two parallel trails after a few hundred feet. The trails parallel each other only yards apart initially separated by a small depression. This depression grows until it becomes Bayo canyon, with steep vertical walls separating the two sides. Gradually, both trails pick their way along the canyon until they reach the bottom. There, a crossover (at roughly 35 53.681 - 106 16.083) joins the two separate trails and you can ride up the other side back to the parking area. Parking area is at ~7300ft, bottom of canyon is ~6800 ft. Instead of crossing over, you can continue down a dirt road at the bottom of the canyon to Pueblo Canyon road and ultimately to NM502 near the cutoff to White Rock.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 19, 2008]
Steve
Cross Country Rider

Another way to do this is to start from the bottom and lollipop-loop at the top. Park at the double-gates (don't block them) on the N. side of 502 just about 100m W of the turn-off onto Hwy 4 (the White Rock turn-off).

Customer Service

Follow the packed dirt road that leads off through the LEFT gate (go through the gap between the two gates if it's locked). This road climbs easily for ~1.5 miles and then swings right and down into the bottom of the canyon. When the road forks stay right -- the left road goes up into Pueblo Canyon, which is definitely ridable but shorter and less interesting. When you get to the locked gate and barbed wire fence ride along it to the right, and then following it to the left, and when it turns another corner, follow it back across the bottom of the canyon floor to the S. side. Turn right onto the trail and continue up the canyon. Look for a single-track trail to the left that starts some mild switch-backs up the S. side of the canyon, and becomes the S. Bayo Bench Trail. The top of this is technical, and is snow- and ice-covered through March. At the top follow the trail worn into the tuff (rock) off to the right around the top of the canyon, which at this western end is a small gulley. Ride the N. Bench trail (FUN!), and enjoy the view at the point on the E. end of the mesa. Double back about 1/4 mile and look for a turn to the right (N.), and then a turn down into the N. side of the point that takes you back east and down a fun descent back into the bottom of the canyon. Also some snow cover late winter/early spring there, but wider trail and slightly more thawed. Don't dawdle in the "stream" at the bottom of the canyon -- it's treated sewer water.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 29, 2007]
TommyEggsandwich
Cross Country Rider

Trail starts at the Diamond drive/San Ildefonso Rd roundabout. The trail is hard packed singletrack occasionally following along some old homesteader roads. Most of the route is a straightforward ride, but there are some formidably steep climbs coming back up from the canyon bottom. There's also a rather tricky section along the south canyon wall that is rocky and has some 8" ruts cut into the tuff. That makes for a hairy, but fun descent over that section.

Keep an eye out for hikers and horses on this trail. Lots of nearby houses and the stables are close as well.

Customer Service

Ride down the south side and up the north side. That way you can coast down the ruts/rocks of the south side. The climb up the north side is steep, but it's not as technical.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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