0.6 miles, 2800′: Pass Wentworth Road and continue east around a gate [Waypoint hhr-lmg], across Molino Canyon and up a small hill.
0.8 miles, 2810′: After the trail makes a short descent look for an unsigned junction and take a left (to the east) for the Milagrosa Trail [Waypoint lmg-acc-w]. (The Agua Caliente Canyon Trail continues to the right to the Agua Caliente Wash – see the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail Loop for more information.)
The trail climbs onto the north ridge of Milagrosa Canyon.
1.2 miles, 3110′: The trail passes a gate and fence [Waypoint lmg01] – in early 2015 the gate had fallen over.
At about 1.3 miles – just before the trail turns north and descends to the bottom of La Milagrosa Canyon – an obvious side-trail takes you to an area that overlooks a deep section of canyon that often holds a large pool of water.
1.5 miles, 3130′: Cross La Milagrosa Canyon at a lovely rocky spot – especially when there is water this is a great place for a break. [Waypoint lmg02]
After crossing La Milagrosa Canyon the trail climbs to the top of the ridge between Agua Caliente and La Milagrosa Canyons.
2.4 miles, 3590′: At an unsigned junction the La Milagrosa Canyon Trail continues to the left along the ridge – to the right the Agua Caliente Canyon Trail descends steeply into Agua Caliente Canyon [Waypoint lmg-acc-e]. (See the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail Loop for more information about the Agua Caliente Canyon Trail.)
3.9 miles, 3990′: Cross a fence and continues along the ridgeline. [Waypoint lmg03]
5.1 miles, 3980′: Unsigned junction of the La Milagrosa and Bellota Trail. [Waypoint bl-lmg]
Left: Gate at the end of Horsehead Road - from here the trail crosses Molino Canyon and goes up the small hill in the distance. December 2014. Right: Crossing La Milagrosa Canyon. February 2015.
Approximately 1.6 miles from the Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead, not long after crossing La Milagrosa Canyon [Waypoint lmg-acc], several maps show a road (or trail) splitting off from the La Milagrosa Trail that goes to Whitetail Tank. While Whitetail Tank is not a difficult hike the trail/road is very obscure for most of it’s length and hiking to Whitetail Tank is best considered an off-trail adventure – read more in Whitetail Tank – 1/3/2015.
Butterfly near the La Milagrosa Trail. December 2014.