The Viejo Trail is a 2.5 mile trail that runs from the Rio en Medio Trail – Trail #163 to the the Rio Nambe Trail – Trail #160.
Trail Condition: Good
The trees reported down last year have been cleared and the trail is in good condition.
There are a few more trees down across the bottom part of the trail near Rio Nambe, but it otherwise has remained in good condition.
From the junction with the Rio en Medio Trail – Trail #163 on the north side of the creek, the Viejo Trail begins at a signed junction at the mouth of a small canyon. The trail starts up the canyon. The first .5 miles climbs gently up the dry canyon through a ponderosa forest. The next .5 mile or so to a small saddle is much steeper.
In this section the trail becomes slightly braided and somewhat difficult to follow in places. At points, the trail follows the bottom of the dry canyon, but at others, it switch backs up the side of the canyon. If you miss these places where the trail leaves the bottom of the canyon, don’t worry. Just keep on following the canyon up and you will quickly connect with the trail.
From the saddle, the trail drops over the north side and the forest changes dramatically. Where it had been dry with predominantly ponderosas, it becomes much wetter with fir and spruce as the dominant vegetation.
For the next 1.5 miles to the trails terminus at the Rio Nambe, it contours in and out of small side canyons. The trail sees little use, but remains in good condition.
The final 1/2 mile of the trail is in small gulch that leads to the creek. There was some downfall in the section of the trail, but it was easy to follow as long as you remain in and around the gulch.