The plan was to run up the reclaimed Vallecito Trail to Caballo Mountain. We took the Permiter Trail to Cabra Loop, then went down the back side of the three bears and up Guaje Canyon until we reached the Vallecito Trail Hear.
Nearing the top of Cabra Loop Trail.
David just finished Hardrock last weekend but wanted to explore the new trail.
At the top of Cabra Loop we took the Upper Guaje Road down into Gauje Canyon. Trail number 442.
Dropping into Guaje Canyon.
The Upper Guaje Road has some rocky sections.
Lots O rocks
Stream in the bottom of Guaje Canyon.
There is a nice two track to goes along Guaje Canyon.
There were lots of flowers out.
After about 0.9 miles we reached the junction for the Vallecito de los Caballos Trail (#277).
Here is the crew who went. David, Nate, Jason, and myself.
The trail starts off gentle through some partially burned areas. The first couple of miles is easily runnable.
Section of burned area. Lots of small growth.
The old trail still exists here.
There is lots of growth. Hopefully this trail will see enough use to keep it clearly defined.
Some serious work was done here.
Part way up the trail, water started to flow.
The trail also passes through several open areas as you get up higher.
We started to see these trail markers about halfway up. They continued almost to the top.
The trail crosses the small stream.
There were lots of cut trees along the way.
Up higher, there was no sign of the fire.
The trail approached the top of a small ridge.
First sight of the ski area.
Nate made good time.
Looking up the final bit to the summit. The trail sort of ended here so we just went straight up to the top.
There was tons of flowers up here.
Ski Hill again and the Sandias in the background.
The trail comes out down there somewhere.
Nate waiting for us at the top. From here we ran down the standard trail on Caballo and then back up and down the Mitchell Trail back home.
These flowers were at the Dam in Guaje Canyon.
While at the dam, we decided to cool off.
GPS Track - part 1. First half of the Vallecito Trail.
GPS Track - part 2. Second half of the Vallecito Trail.