The Penas Negras Trail is a 6.7 mile trail that starts at the Penas Negras Trailhead on FR 70 and ends at Las Vacas Trail – Trail #51.
Trail Conditions: Good
Las Vacas Trail to the Perchas Trail
From the junction with the Las Vacas Trail – Trail #51, cross the meadow, and climb back up into the dark, mature forest. For this brief section, the Penas Negras Trail runs concurent with the Continental Divide Trail until the next junction in about 1/2 mile.
From here, the CDT turns north, and the Penas Negras Trails turns south (right). This next section of trail cuts through mature, old-growth forest without too many breaks through meadows. There are a handful of downed trees here and there, but everything is easily passable.
Eventually the trail does cross through some larger meadows, and although rare, the tread through these sections is in good condition and should be easy to follow.
After 2.5 miles you will reach another signed junction. Stay right (straight) to cross through the large meadow in front of you. In addition to the trail, there should be a handful of wooden posts to help mark the way.
Soon after this junction, you will come to another with the Perchas Trail – Trail #418. Turn left to remain on the Penas Negras Trail and follow it towards FR 70.