Hiking Trails in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico

Ready to hit the dusty trail..hiking trail that is? Explorenayarit.com has a great resource for local trails as well as a map that we posted for you. You can get a larger size copy of the map from their site.

Below are the trail details from http://explorenayarit.com/blog/los-ayala-hiking-trails-and-trail-map/


El Monteón Trail

Trail Length: 4.3 miles (6.9 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 520 feet ( 158.5 m)
Time: 2-2½ hours

The El Monteón Trail is the easiest and most often hiked trail. The trail exposes hikers to jungle, farm crops and the Punta Raza development. It includes a gravel road climb to a viewpoint before descending into El Monteón.

Punta Raza Trail

Trail Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 370 feet (112.8 m)
Time: 1-1½ hours

An enjoyable lush jungle hike with moderate elevation providing access to remote playas and a rocky bluff (El Mirador) overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Great spot for picture taking.

Coral Point Trail

Trail Length: 1.1 mile (1.8 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 258 feet (78.6 m)
Time: 45-60 minutes

The Coral Beach Trail is part of an old overgrown road that provides an alternate route to Playa Coral. The trail offers views of the estuary, farmland and the Punta Raza development.

Mirador Point Trail

Trail Length: 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 105 feet (32 m)
Time: 20-30 minutes

A brief airy walk to a rock cliff overlooking the ocean. The spectacular view is well worth the short hike. The optional trail down to Playa Toro is steep and should be hiked with caution.

Grunt Trail

Trail Length: 0.4 mi (0.6 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 306 feet (93 m)
Time: 20-30 minutes

The name states it all! The short steep trail leads to a flat junction where three trailheads are located. A brief rest stop might be in order.

Easy Trail

Trail Length: 1.0 mi (1.6 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 435 feet (133 m)
Time: 40-60 minutes

It isn’t as easy as the name implies but an interesting trail passing through three distinct vegetation areas. The first section is an old orchard, followed by a thick tropical jungle before descending into the meadow section.

BS Trail

Trail Length: 1.0 mi (1.6 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 508 feet (154.8 m)
Time: 45-60 minutes

The trail’s name doesn’t imply the obvious. This moderate trail is an enjoyable adventure with a couple of short steeper areas. Once on the road, walk uphill to visit a palapa, then follow the road down to a gate, referred to as Casita 8.

Mountain Trail

Trail Length: 2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 759 feet (231.3 m)
Time: 1 hour

The Mountain Trail provides an alternate route to El Monteón. The initial trail’s segment climbs before leveling and finally enters a roadway descending into El Monteón. Great hike through jungle featuring a variety of different trees.

Black Diamond Trail

Trail Length: 0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 560 feet (170.7 m)
Time: 30-45 minutes

The trail’s beginning is a shady picturesque jungle featuring large fig trees. While the trail is not for the faint of heart, there are numerous cut out steps and hand holds to assist with the short steep climb. Try the trail as it’s quite a different hiking experience as it climbs up to meet the ridge.

Butterfly Trails (Horse Trail)

Trail Length: 2.7 mi (4.3 km)
Trail Elevation Gain: 633 feet (193m)
Time: 1-1½ hours

Delightful fun set of trails through jungle and open grassy areas. The lower trail which overlooks Highway 200 offers fantastic views of Rincón de Guayabitos. An easy short hike and if the timing is right, many butterflies can be seen.

Points to Ponder:

  • Wear sturdy footwear

  • Pack ample water

  • Apply sunscreen and bug repellent

  • Bring your camera

  • Always hike in a group

  • Leave all gates as you found them, not leaving them open for other groups.

  • Times/distances are approximate.

  • Trails are maintained by volunteers, and may not be open for hiking eight months of the year.

  • Different map created by Lori Schneider Wood shows similar trails in the Punta Raza area.