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Coyote/Chamisoso Loop

  3.6 ( 33 ) Favorite


11.2 mile 18.1 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,177' 359 m
Descent: -1,182' -360 m
High: 7,149' 2,179 m
Low: 6,413' 1,955 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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

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Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

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.


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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Oct 11, 2019
John QPublic
Sep 8, 2019
Ryan Duclos
There was so much loose scree everywhere (sometimes rocks as big as my head) on the trail that it made the trail a complete nightmare to MTN bike on. 11.2mi
Aug 25, 2019
Aaron Kikola
Upper lot to coyote/chamisoso link —> full coyote/chamisoso loop.
Aug 10, 2019
John QPublic
Jun 23, 2019
John QPublic
Very dusty with large, jagged loose rocks in places. Would be better counterclockwise. May share with pets, motorcycles and horses. 11.2mi — 8h 30m
Jun 17, 2019
Hill Balliet
the section of power line at the bottom is not more than a blue trail. very pretty ride with lots of fun technical sections, but the downhill sect…
Mar 30, 2019
Judah Quesada
Oct 4, 2018
Aaron Reilly

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Some challenging climbs.
Oct 12, 2016 near Sandia…, NM
The gate at the end of the Coyote Trail, the road beyond is just a little loop pullout, Rd 462 is just beyond the trees and you continue straight across that.
Mar 31, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Rocky trail
Mar 31, 2013 near Carnuel, NM
Riders on Delbert's Trail passing approaching the intersection with Chamisoso from the opposite direction.
Mar 31, 2013 near Carnuel, NM
Bypass this gate for the North Cedro Single-track Loop or go through it for the Coyote Chamisoso Loop
Mar 31, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
More fun smooth single-track
Mar 31, 2013 near Carnuel, NM

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