Deer Trap LbNA # 27231
|Placed Date||Nov 19 2006|
|Location||Los Alamos, NM|
|Last Update||Jul 8 2012|
Hike is about 3 miles round trip with about 50 feet of elevation gain.
Driving Directions: Drive west on Trinity Dr. (NM 502) to a major intersection with Diamond Dr. Turn right on Diamond and drive past the golf course, to a roundabout. Take N. San Ildefonso Road north from the roundabout. In a few blocks, veer right onto Barranca Rd. Follow Barranca Rd. to its end. Park at end of road.
Hiking Directions: Trail begins at the left hand side of the guardrail at the end of the road. You will be following this trail out to the tip of Deer Trap Mesa. Within 5 minutes, trail will descend a tufa slope - find the easiest way down, there are several routes. At the bottom of the slope, on the north side, is an ancient Indian deer trap - a pit carved into the rock. From this deer trap, don't climb back up to the spine running along the mesa top quite yet as you continue east. Instead, follow a trail along the left (north) side of the mesa top for about 2 minutes, when you will come to the next gap in the ridgeline. Now, climb the stone steps back up to the top of the mesa. Now the trail is flat. Continue for about 20 minutes, always staying to the north side of the mesa (keep left at any trail splits), and you will come to the tip of the mesa, with a great view of the Sangres and the canyons below. From this lookout spot, look to the right of the trail for one of the few live trees out here - a healthy juniper. Letterbox is at its base under a rock.