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Armijo Loop

 3.3 (8)

5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

848' 259 m

Ascent

-842' -257 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

7,860' 2,396 m

High

7,102' 2,165 m

Low

Shared By John Geronimo

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A loop around the Cienega Canyon picnic area that includes part of South Faulty Trail.

John Geronimo

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

This route is typically snowy from November through February. May be closed during the summer months due to fire danger - check with the ranger station for details.

Overview

This is a nice varied loop in the east Sandias that gives a sampling of the steep and narrow South Faulty trail, the chunky switchbacks along the horse bypass, and a flowing canyon section.

Need to Know

Hiker traffic can be heavy in this popular area.

Description

Park at the horse trailer area or Sulphur Canyon picnic area if the gate is closed. NOTE: Parking anywhere in this area requires a valid permit. Patrols are frequent and fines approach $100.

Head east down the chunky switchbacks of Horse Bypass to Cienega Canyon. Turn downhill along an old road, then bear off and to the right onto Armijo Trail. Follow this uphill through a nice wide canyon with a couple of steep sections. Eventually you'll hit a section of South Faulty Trail that will take you north until you once again intersect Cienega Canyon.

Here, there are a couple of bedrock steps and a steep descent to the canyon floor. You can bail out here or continue following South Faulty Trail until it intersects the Horse Bypass. The Horse Bypass is a nice downhill ride with a couple of chunky spots.

Once you reach the road, continue on to the parking area and complete the loop.

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May 12, 2018
Anthony Gauna
May 7, 2018
Ro Noland
May 4, 2018
Sara Doorley
5.3mi
Aug 4, 2017
Anthony Gauna
Jul 18, 2017
Dylan Davis
Nice trail to get some practice climbing loose rock and over brick sized rocks. 5.3mi
Jun 20, 2017
C. Shain Tanner
Jul 16, 2015
steven crisp
The right turn at the creek halfway is very easy to miss. Don't follow the horses.

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  3.3 from 8 votes

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in New Mexico

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I'd highly recommend riding this route in the CCW direction. It's a LOT more fun that way! Sep 8, 2014

 
That right turn going CW at about 2.5 miles where the south faulty and armijo fork is very easy to miss in my opinion. Not a very fun uphill, maybe I should try CCW like the comment below. Sep 25, 2015

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