Osha Canyon Trail #20
ElevationAscent: 2,626' 800 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 10,479' 3,194 m
Low: 7,857' 2,395 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A pleasant canyon ride with a very wet start”— John Geronimo
The only issue is at the start which requires riders to complete a full fording of the Rio Pueblo followed by a swampy mud pit and frequent small crossings. In the last mile or so, the trail will zig-zag up onto an old logging road (bear left). The final stretch involves a number of shallow creek crossings before the trail ends on Comales Trail #22.
There are two remarkable artifacts hinting at historic activity. In a meadow is part of a stationary steam engine. Near the top of the trail is a huge boiler sitting on a slight embankment. This appears to be an "Owens, Lane and Dyer portable steam engine and sawmill of circa 1870 vintage." (Special thanks to KRT for the analysis of these artifacts.)
Imagine the sound of the steam whistle reverberating through the canyon!
The area is open from late spring through fall.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest
Oct 15, 2019: New Wildfire on El Rito Ranger District