Coyote/Chamisoso Loop

 22 votes

11.2 Miles 18.1 Kilometers



1,177' 359 m


-1,182' -360 m


7,149' 2,179 m


6,413' 1,955 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (10°)

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A nice loop on Cedro Peak with some great singletrack through piƱon forest.

LeeAB Brinckerhoff


May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
This ride combines two of the better trails in the area into a nice loop. Both the Coyote Trail and Chamisoso Trail have nice sections of smooth flowing singletrack, while you still get some technical challenges in the way of ledgy terrain and baby heads.

The area is open to motorized vehicles so you may have to deal with dirt bikes on the trails though much of this ride is not accessible to ATVs.
Dogs: Off-leash


Start by grinding up Chamisoso Canyon Rd from the parking lot. You will pass a picnic ground/parking area on your left at the top of a steep hill, shortly after the road is gated.

The Coyote Trail starts before and to the right of the gate. Coyote starts out as smooth singletrack that goes up and down through shallow canyons. Early on there is a confusing intersection where it is tempting to go straight, however you want to turn left to stay on the Coyote Trail (Trail 5619). Straight would put you on Trail 5620 and it is signed, so just keep your eyes open for it. There are a few rockier spots and some ledges on the climbs towards the end of the trail.

The Coyote Trail eventually ends at a pullout on Rd 462. Continue through the pullout area and straight across 462 onto Rd 13. Peddle up 13 for a little ways looking for the turn off for Delbert's Trail (Trail 5622) Take that and enjoy the singletrack winding through the trees. There is one spot with some big ledges that you have to drop and trees squeezing in from either side to make sure you hold your line. The Chamisoso Trail (Trail 5184) joins from the right.

Turn right onto the Chamisoso Trail and descend immediately. After the initial drop, the trail dips and climbs a bit with some rocky and loose spots before dropping into the head of a shallow canyon. Cruise down the canyon of smooth singletrack. Eventually things open up and there are several trail junctions. In general keep things pointed downhill. You will end up on the Powerline Trail (Trail 5524B) that will dump you back out onto Chamisoso Canyon Rd just above the parking area. The last bit of this ride has really good flow weaving in and out of the canyon bottom.


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All Clear 30 days ago
Mostly Dry: Rode on 8/20. Conditions were good, no downed trees or other obstacles. There were a couple small mud holes from recent rain.
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Pros: 2 fun downhills banked turns scenic and shaded Couple fun ledges Cons: Baby heads Rolling rocks death cookies Ledge landings were all on top of soccer ball shaped rocks This route was fun except for the fact that I don't think there was a single embedded rock on the entire trail. Front tire was all over the place. Maybe it would be more fun in the opposite direction like suggested below. Bleh Oct 6, 2015

Just did this ride. We really enjoyed it. Did it in the recommended direction, although not from the Coyote trailhead parking (not open yet). Conditions were excellent. Weather was great. Very enjoyable Apr 25, 2016

This loop as directed is a let down. Thoroughly enjoyed climbing it. Real challenging, ledgy, and the definition of loose baby heads. But the downhill reward was pretty weak. Does it go better in reverse? Mar 3, 2017

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