FactsDistance - 0.9 miles (one-way to the summit)
Distance - 2.4 miles (for the entire loop)
Trailhead Elevation - 8540'
Summit Elevation - 8835'
Gain - 300' (just to the summit and back)
Gain - 500' (for the entire loop)
ApproachSee the "Getting There" section on the Tecolote Peak main page. Head east from the parking area past the bathrooms.
The standard (and only) Tecolote Peak trail is simple and straight-forward. Park at the Dry Camp pull-off of Route 536. Hike east past the bathrooms and a sign that points the way. There is a second sign with mileages that are not exact but are fairly close. Continue up this well maintained trail through a few switchbacks. Once it gains the ridge the hike is flat and you can catch a few views of the surrounding area. At 0.9 miles there is a small rocky clearing on the hiker's left. If you hike about 10 feet off the trail onto the rocks of this clearing you will be on the summit. Although the summit may not be impressive the trail continues offering nice views of the area. 0.2 miles after the summit the beginning of a loop starts. This is a short (~1/4 mile) loop on the south side of the mountain.