Quemazon Trail

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  4.0 from 3 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #7 in the Jemez Mountains and Los Alamos area
#76 in NM, #3,237 Overall
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Trail in the area near Los Alamos,
“A great semi-technical climb or descent.”
Taber West on Sep 10, 2013
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2.94.6 milesKilometers 1,414’431 m Ascent 8,818’2,688 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -4’-1 m Descent 7,408’2,258 m Low 17% Max Grade (10°)
Quemazon trail starts at the water tank just off the top of Trinity Dr. There is a dirt parking lot and sign at the trailhead. This ride can be done as a climb from there, or as a descent by climbing up Pipeline Road first. It used to be more technical until the forest service ran a bulldozer up it 10 years ago to fight the Cerro Grande fire, then again 2 years ago to fight the Las Canchas fire. Neither of these bulldozings had any effect on the fire, but they required a lot of trail work to put Quemazon back together.

The result is a trail that is smoother and undulating, but is still somewhat technical, more so as a downhill. This is a pretty strenuous climb though, as it ascends 1400' in 3 miles. The views are pretty good from this trail.
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4.0 (3)
Lollipop loop featuring a steady climb, a stream-side trail, and a fast downh...
near Los Alamos, NM
4.0 (1)
This is an excellent 20 mile loop with variable terrain and awesome views.
near White Rock, NM
3.8 (4)
This is the inner singletrack loop around the north and west side of town.
near Los Alamos, NM

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PHOTOS of Quemazon Trail
  2.3 from 3 votes
the respite before the walls at the end of the climb (Los Alamos, NM)