Anniversary Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 184' 56 m
Descent: -184' -56 m
High: 7,012' 2,137 m
Low: 6,828' 2,081 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
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“A very scenic overlook trail with an easy grade on the eastern side of Los Alamos, NM.”— Bill Blumenthal
Family Friendly The trail from the last trailhead is short, flat, and wide. A great hike for the entire family.
Follow the gravel road east and it turns into a narrow trail that closely follows the rim of the canyon. Be careful if hiking with children due to the close proximity of the very steep cliff. The second trailhead is 0.3 miles farther east on SR 502 across from Eastgate Industrial Park where the trail runs behind the water tank. The third trailhead is another 0.5 miles east on SR 502 where the road starts to descend steeply down the hill along the canyon wall. Look for the large gravel parking area and gate at the Los Alamos/Santa Fe County boundary line sign.
The trail follows the relatively level old main hill road along the mesa top east until it reaches an overlook with a convenient and comfortable bench for contemplating the excellent 360 degree views of the Rio Grande Valley with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background to the east, the Jemez Mountains to the west, Wheeler Peak to the north, and the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque to the south.