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Water Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (4)

This is a great descent down water canyon to the highway.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Singletrack

8,236' 2,510 m

High

7,568' 2,307 m

Low

167' 51 m

Up

710' 216 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

The trail starts at the intersection of water canyon road and the actual canyon bottom. From here you drop down a double switchback and then follow the bottom of the canyon and creek all the way to the bottom. There are a couple of sections where you cross the creek, and you may have to get off for these after this years flooding. Once at the bottom, the trail climbs back up to the beginning of old water canyon road by the water tanks on highway 502.

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Taber West

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#12

in Los Alamos

#16432

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#12

in Los Alamos

#375

in New Mexico

#16,432

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This video captures the descent of Water Canyon from its intersection with American Springs Road, and goes down to where it intersects with the "Reverse Traverse" trail just above NM Hwy 501. It's a ripping fun descent!
Aug 22, 2016 near Los Alamos, NM
Water Canyon Descent
Feb 13, 2018 near Los Alamos, NM

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Apr 18, 2019
Greg Weiss
Still many downed trees blocking the trail.
Oct 29, 2018
Andy Fox
May 20, 2017
Abhijith Gopakumar
2.5mi
Nov 13, 2016
Michael Carter
2.5mi