ElevationAscent: 848' 259 m
Descent: -842' -257 m
High: 7,860' 2,396 m
Low: 7,102' 2,165 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A loop around the Cienega Canyon picnic area that includes part of South Faulty Trail.”— John Geronimo
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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