Monday, April 4, 2011

Camp Hamilton Trail

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Camp Hamilton Trail
Length: 1.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Parking: At Pajarito Cliffs Pueblo Canyon Rim Trailhead

Used by: Hikers, joggers
Use: Moderate
Connecting Trails: Pueblo Canyon Rim, Pueblo Canyon trails

Narrative: Students at the Los Alamos Ranch School for Boys constructed the Camp Hamilton Trail as an access to the small cabin camp in Pueblo Canyon. The trail drops from the point of Los Alamos Mesa into Pueblo Canyon on a route through the tuff cliffs. Along the way are sturdy rock retaining walls and narrow shelf trails where the pick marks of the trail builders are still visible.

The trail drops off the north side of the cliffs, then crosses a ponderosa pine flat. At a deep drainage, the trail heads east along a fenceline, crossing and re-crossing the arroyo of the drainage. In about a quarter mile, the trail ascends a low ridge, doubling back to the west. At a fenceline, a rocky, primitive route drops to the Pueblo Canyon Road. To visit Camp Hamilton, turn left on the road and watch for an obscure trail heading north. The camp sits just below the old Bayo Wastewater Plant.


  1. I hiked this trail on Sat Apr 2. About halfway down the cliffs, there is a tree blocking the trail that should be cut. Also, lots of loose rock, so be careful. Chris

  2. I took the tree out on April 4. Can't do much about the rocks!

  3. Rain and snow today! YEAh!!


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