The Borrego Trail is a 22 mile long trail. It begins on the Hyde Park Road and ends on Borrego Mesa.
Trail Condition: Excellent to moderate
Hyde Park Road to junction with the Winsor Trail – Trail #254
From the parking area, just above Hyde Park, the well-maintained, heavily traveled trail descends into the forest. After .3 miles there’s a fork with the Bear Wallow Trail – Trail #182. Go right at the fork.
After a short flat section, the trail reaches a spot that was rerouted in 2017 away from the bottom of this drainage. After about .3 miles, it rejoins the original trail and climbs to the top of a small divide. From this point, the trail descends toward Tesuque Creek, switchbacking at the top before contouring a long ways along the hillside.
The trail switchbacks again before reaching the bottom of the drainage and following the creek upstream for a few hundred yards. There is a bridge crossing the creek, and the trail continues uphill through a small meadow tot he junction with the Winsor Trail.
For the next couple miles, the Borrego Trail disappears as it is subsumed by the Winsor Trail.
Rio en Medio Trail – Trail #163 to Rio Nambe Trail – Trail #160
From the junction with the Rio en Medio Trail, turn north to follow the Borrego Trail uphill. After about 1/4 mile, the trail joins a dirt road. Continue to follow the road uphill to a small divide that separates the Rio en Medio from the Rio Nambe.
At the top of this divide, the trail leaves the road to the left. The junction is signed and difficult to miss. After a couple switchbacks, the trail descends to the bottom of a small drainage and for the next 1.7 miles, the trail follows this gulch to the confluence with the Rio Nambe.
This section of the route was burned in a forest fire, but surprisingly, the trail was in remarkably good condition.