CAPITAN AREA HIKING TRAILS
Location: From Capitan take 246 / Pine Lodge Rd or County Road 1 (which turns into Forest Rd. 56AA)
Some of the roads in the Capitan Mountains are rough and rocky. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to be used. Small cars and sedans are not recommended. The trails in this area may be hard to find and or follow due to many trees that have been blown down after the Peppin fire in 2004.
South Base Trail (57) - 10.1 miles one way
This trail begins on the north side of Forest Road (FR) 338 about 1.2 miles from the junction of FR 56. It crosses trails 59 and 60 ending at trail 61.
Summit Trail (58) - 8.2 miles one way
This trail follows the main ridge of the Capitan Mountains from the electronic site at the end of FR 56 to the junction of Trails 62 & 64.
Padilla Canyon Trail (59) - 3.3 miles one way
This trail originates at Padilla Point and FR 56. It drops off the south side, but turns east at the vase of the Capitan’s where it terminates at trail 60
Mitten Bar Trail (60) - 2.5 miles one way
Located on the south side of the Capitan’s on trail 57 it connects to FR 56 about a mile west of the electronic site. This trail does go through the wilderness for a short distance.
Pierce Canyon Trail - 61 5.8 miles one way
This trail starts on the south side of the wilderness area along FR 57 and connects with trail 58.
Pancho Canyon Trail (62) - 3.5 miles one way
This trail leads out from the south side of the wilderness at the end of FR 536 and travels up the canyon to the junction of trails 58 & 64.
Copeland Canyon Trail (63) - 1.0 miles one way
The access point to this trail is off of trail 65. This trail changes elevation of 400 Feet and is rated easy.
Capitan Peak Trail (64) - 5.7 miles one way
This trail originates near the Pine Lodge Summer Home area at the northeast portion of the Capitan Mountain Range. This trail is very steep and has many switchbacks.
North Base Trail 65 - 4.6 miles one way
This trail navigates between FR 130 near Pine Lodge to FR 616. It crosses Seven Cabins Canyon and continues past it to the west for about another mile. It primarily follows the foothills through Pinyon-juniper woodland.
Seven Cabins Trail (66) - 3.8 miles one way
Located on the north side and beginning at the termination of FR 256 it meets with trails 58 and 61 on the main ridge of the mountain range. This trail is also steep.
Thorium Canyon Trail (79) - 1.4 miles one way
This trail is located off of FR 56. This trail changes elevation of 1,200 feet and is rated difficult.