Guaje Canyon Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Guaje Canyon Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles
741 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


mountain biking



trail running




wild flowers



A great, short ski tour that triples in summer as a hiking and mountain biking destination Winter provides no excuse for not using the trails around Los Alamos (until it gets icy). The winter trip, on skis or snowshoes, to the Valle de los Posos overlook on the rim of the Valles Caldera is a favorite of many. There's easy parking at the far west end of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area lot. The first section of the trip is on a groomed ski track, and beyond the meadow the route is usually broken in by backcountry skiers. Highlights include traveling through old mixed conifer forest, the wide-open Cañada Bonita, and the view into the Valles Caldera from the overlook. Reach the trail from the intersection of Diamond and Trinity at the Los Alamos Medical Center by traveling about 0.1 mile west on West Jemez Road. Turn right onto West Road at the traffic signal and drop into Los Alamos Canyon. Pass the ice rink, and climb the south canyon wall. Twist around several sharp turns, head up a long straightaway, then turn right onto Camp May Road. Follow this road about 4 miles to the end, continue through the parking area at the ski area, and park at the west end of the lot near the base of Aspen Lift.

7 months ago

This is a great hike that takes you up into the high country with a beautiful meadow and very gradual elevation gain. The first 15 minutes are a bit rocky, but it gets much better after that.

7 days ago

4 months ago