Park on the wide shoulder along State Road 502 before you reach Eastgate Industrial Park. This is along the north (canyon) side of the road. Go through the fence and follow the trail right (east) toward the tip of the mesa. The trail continues down the right (south) side of the mesa and around to the north into Pueblo Canyon. There are many bike trails in this canyon, but continue heading straight north. When you come to a drainage you will wind right around a fenced resource protection area. At the bottom of the canyon, you will come to a road. Today the trail ends at the road in the bottom of the canyon.
If you want to find the ruins of Camp Hamilton, you will have to do some bushwhacking! First, when you come to the road at the bottom of the canyon, turn left. Walk on the road up Pueblo Canyon (west) for about 200 yards. On the right side of the road you may see a cairn or a large tree that has been sawed into pieces. This is where you turn right (off of the road) and head north. You will cross a ditch. The remains of the cabin are located between this ditch and the sludge injection field that is surrounded by a fence. If you reach the fence, walk along the south side until you spot the site. Just a warning- there is very little left of the cabin! To find out what happened, click below.
The Cabin was built by F. Coomer in 1918 as part of his tourism business leading tourists to the tent rocks located further west in Pueblo Canyon. In 1926 the Hamilton family donated funds for the Los Alamos Ranch School to purchase the cabin to use as an outpost for camping. The trail from the mesa top to the cabin was built by students of the Ranch School.
Imagine building Camp Hamilton Trail!
1. The rectangle pit near the trailhead. (This was part of an outhouse believed to be used during the Manhattan Project Era.)
2. Before heading down into the canyon, look north from the top of the mesa and see if you can spot the cabin. You may need binoculars!
3. Pick marks on the walls created by the tools used to build the trail.
4. Rocks stacked to create walls along the trail.
If you find the cabin remains . . .
5. Notice the cabin construction. How were the logs put together?