Encino Mountain Trail

Total Miles
15.2

Elevation

2976.59 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This trail takes you up into the Santa Fe National Forest. This is an easy trail for most with AWD or 4WD. Make sure you have gas as this is a vast mountain range where you can drive all the way to Espanola if you want. We did the trek as a (pass-through) starting on the Clara Peak Trail and then turning on to the Encino Mountain Trail ending up on the other side of the range. There are several places to camp, we saw Elk and all kinds of wildlife. The trail itself is somewhat maintained. It's better on the Northside of the trail but still pretty easy all the way to Clara Peak Trail. Beautiful views all along the trail. Summer is best for camping and driving this route. No real obstacles to drive over but there are some small rock gardens here and there and some mud puddles. Pretty tame for the most part. This is a sleeper mountain range and one I highly recommend checking out! You can get out of the mountains 3 different ways by connecting up the trails, making it an adventure.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

From Espanola take 84 to (Clara Peak Trailhead) also known as 144. (Clara Peak turns into Jemenez to Espanola Trail.) Turn right at the junction for Encino or continue on for Hoodoos and Calderas Trail. Coming from the north, take Highway 96 then turn onto Encino 100.