Quemazon Trail

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  4.0 from 3 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #5 in the Jemez Mountains and Los Alamos area
#55 in NM, #2,517 Overall
Views: 247. Last 30 days: 6
Trail in the area near Espanola,
“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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This is the inner singletrack loop around the north and west side of town.
near Espanola, NM
4.0 (2)
Lollipop loop featuring a steady climb, a stream-side trail, and a fast downh...
near Los Alamos, NM
3.5 (4)
This is the loop around the Pajarito Ski Area.
near Espanola, 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 (Espanola, NM)