Kayser Mill Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountainair, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Used trail to descend from Manzano Peak. A crew has freshly cleared all deadfall and scrub rendering trail useable again. 11/20/2016
Very difficult to navigate. Path is not clear.
My daughter and I hiked up the Kayser Mill Trail #80 up to the Crest Trail #170 as a way to reach Manzano Peak. Since the fire, the Kayser Mill trail is seldom used and there is some thick dead fall along the route. The Kayser Mill trail is 3.3 miles up to the crest trail, and while a bit steep, has plenty of switchbacks to take the edge off. There is lots of new growth on the forest floor, which is really great to see. While there was no sign where the trail meets 422, heading west up the dirt/rock road, just south of 275, will get you on the right path.