Hiking In Loreto, Mexico

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Best Hiking Spots In Loreto, Mexico

Being in the Baja desert can give you an impression that there are no cool hiking spots in Loreto. You are wrong! Loreto has many hiking opportunities throughout its beaches, estuaries and canyons. The canyon hikes are especially unique and breathtaking.

Some of the hiking spots in Loreto are listed below. Each has a general description, directions, some pictures and a map. The map is very helpful since it can be quite confusing to find these places. The hiking spots do not have trailhead markers and are off the beaten path.

PLEASE RESPECT THAT MANY OF THE "TRAILS" ARE ON OR GO THROUGH PRIVATE PROPERTY AND NEED PERMISSION TO ENTER. PLEASE CONTACT A TOUR GUIDE TO TAKE YOU TO THESE HIKING SPOTS. GO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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Hiking Nopolo Rock, Loreto Bay

Nopolo Rock is the huge rocky hill that is on the southern end of Loreto Bay. It separates the beach in front of the Loreto Bay Hotel, the golf course and the entrance into the estuary. There is a trail that runs from the "golf course" all the way to the top.

 

There are some spectacular views awaiting you at the summit and is definitely worth the effort.  The hike is not to difficult and should only take you several minutes or so. Of course, going up is the hard part.

Hiking Mesquite Canyon, Aka Ligui Canyon In Loreto, Mexico

Mesquite Canyon or Ligui Canyon is located about 22 miles south of the Loreto Airport or about 30 minutes. Head down south on Highway 1 and just after the small town of Ligui, is the dirt road which leads to the trial.  The road is located just before the bridge and on the left. You will then go under the bridge and its about a ten minute drive from there. The road gets a little rough, but a 2wd truck can make it just fine. on the right, .

The trail is an easy to moderate up and down hike through the canyon. The Mesquite Canyon starts off wide, but then narrows as the canyon was cut away by water flows. You will get wet during this hike since its only through the water that you can make your way through the tight canyon. 

Depending  on the time of year and past rainfall, the creek will be running.  It gets plenty hot during the summer months, so the hike is best done from October through June. 

DO NOT GO IF IT IS RAINING (Flash floods can occur).

Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
Mesquite Canyon, Loreto, Hiking
More Information About Hiking Mesquite Canyon
Hiking Tabor Canyon, Near Loreto

Tabor Canyon is located about 15 to 20 minutes south of the Loreto Bay / Nopolo. Head down south on Highway 1 and when you get to the turn to go left into Puerto Escondido, just go make right instead.

The trailhead is situated on the foothills of the Sierra Giganta Mountains. It is a moderate up and back hike through the canyon. There are plenty of boulders that require you to climb up and down. The total hike is about two (2) miles long and about 330 feet in elevation gain.  You can go father if you want to and the are plenty of cool things to see past the "waterfall."

Depending  on the time of year and past rainfall, the creek  and the waterfall will be running.  It gets plenty hot during the summer months, so the hike is best done from October through June. If you are an advanced hiker, you can hike all the way up to the peak and see both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.

DO NOT GO IF IT IS RAINING (Flash floods can occur).

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Hiking Off San Javier Road In Loreto, Mexico

There are plenty of cool hikes off the road to San Javier, which, during the winter months have  waterfalls and pools.

To get there take the road to San Javier. There a places where you can  pull off to the side of the road and/or pull off into an arroyo and take it further to get you closer to the hiking spots. Please click the link below to look at the map of where the "trail heads" are located.