Best forest trails in Mexico

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Explore the most popular forest trails in Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of forest trails in Mexico
Top trails (203)
#1 - Cumbres del Ajusco
Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
#2 - Camino al Convento Trail
Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
#3 - Malinche
La Malinche National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 53 m
La Malinche, an inactive volcano also known as Matlalcueye or Malintzin is located in the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala in Mexico. From the trailhead (19.27939,-98.04243), walking along the paved road for about 0.1 of a mile you will find the trailhead on your right. You will hike for about 3.5 miles on a not too steep trail in the middle of the forest with beautiful plants, flowers and tall trees. Then you will reach the last part of the forest called La Placa, from here you will find a more steep sandy section, take the path on the right side that does not have much sand and that will take you to the peak named The Pyramid. Do not be afraid of the following sections with a lot of rocks, steeper but not difficult to climb. Once on the summit, enjoy the wonderful views, from where you also will see other famous volcanoes of Mexico. On your return, before reaching The Pyramid, take the sandy path to your right, it will be easier to walk down. It is better to hire a guide, they have a lot of experience on the trail and they have equipment that they can lend you. Bring a good pair of hiking boots, no tennis shoes, and appropriate clothing and of course snacks and plenty of water.Show more
#4 - Cerro de la Silla (Antenas)
Monumento Natural Cerro de la Silla
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
One of the most popular hikes on Monterrey to the top of the famous Cerro de la Silla. Show more
#5 - Monkey Mountain via Hiquera Blanca
Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#6 - Sendero a las Cascadas (Palo Maria)
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 45 m
#7 - Nevado de Toluca El Fraile Loop Trail
Parque Nacional Nevado de Toluca
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#8 - Monte Tlaloc via Rio Frio
Parque Nacional Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 8 h
Mount Tlaloc, a non-active volcano, is part of the Iztaccihuatl Popocatepetl National Park located in the state of Mexico and close to the state of Puebla, is the ninth highest mountain in Mexico with 4150 meters above sea level. At the summit, you will find ruins of an archeological site where the Aztecs performed ceremonies offering human sacrifices, mostly children, dedicated to Tlaloc the god of the rain. Mont Tlaloc is considered the world’s highest temple site. You walk on a dirt road that goes through a beautiful forest with fantastic views. About 2.2 miles you can continue to your left on a narrow path not well maintained or follow the same dirt road to your right; both go by the side of the arroyo. The left side joins again the dirt road near the mile 3.1. At the mile 4.0 the path continues on a steepest narrow trail with some rocky sections not difficult to climb. Once at the top you can also see the Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes in addition to the magnificent landscape in all directions.Show more
#9 - Sierra Santa Rosa
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
This loop trail starts at Santa Rosa de Lima, you hike across the mountain to la presa (dam) de Peralillo, return by the Camino Real through the little town of Puerto de Santa Rosa, and arrive to the same point in Santa Rosa de Lima. From the start point (21.07320, -101.19529) walk by the Camino Real, that crosses the town, and about half of a mile to your right you will find the entrance to the trail. At this point you leave the Camino Real behind and start hiking up by the Sierra de Santa Rosa. The trail is well marked, in some sections it seems that you lose it but you find it again easily. In about half of a mile you will reach to a beautiful plain area named Llano Largo, take a moment to walk and admire this place. From this point you start walking down for about a mile until you arrive to the dam (Presa de Peralillo). You will be surprised by the beautiful view of the mountains and small arroyos (mainly during the rainy season). When you get to the dam, leave your backpack for a moment, walk and contemplate this beautiful place, you will love it! People come here during weekends driving by the road. Once you rest for a while, you walk up on the trail along the edge of the dam until you reach the road that leads you to Santa Rosa de Lima, passing by a little town named Puerto de Santa Rosa and continuing to enjoy this beautiful landscape. You can stop in Santa Rosa de Lima, walk a while in this nice town and eat a typical regional dish. This loop trail is one of the several trails that Sierra de Santa Rosa has to explore, try it first, you will love this beautiful place with wonderful landscapes.Show more
#10 - El San Miguel
Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
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