Access: One mile east (up the hill) from Upper Cuchilla Campground which is located on State Highway 150, the road to Taos Ski Valley. Parking is available at the trail head located at the end of the short access road.
Attractions and Considerations: The 3.9 mile trail, characterized by an abundance of aspen and willows in the lower elevation and spruce and fir toward the ridge, is located on the south facing slope of the Rio Hondo Canyon. The trail, which follows the Yerba Canyon bottom most of its length, climbs steady gaining 3,600 feet in elevation. For this reason, avalanche hazard during the winter and early spring is a special consideration. Water is available for the entire length of the canyon, but is not recommended for drinking without proper treatment. For short trips, take a supply of water from home or other domestic source.
Day hiking, backpacking, pack and saddle as well as back country camping opportunities are available along the entire length of the trail. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Motorized vehicle use is not allowed. This trail provides access to Lobo Peak, Flag Mountain, Gold Hill and to the proposed Columbine/Hondo Wilderness Study Area. Upon reaching Lobo Peak, the visitor has a magnificent view of the Wheeler Peak Area and the expansive valleys below.