Quemazon - Guaje Ridge - Cabra - Perimeter Loop

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18.3 Miles 29.5 Kilometers

60%

Singletrack

3,301' 1,006 m

Ascent

-3,285' -1,001 m

Descent

9,735' 2,967 m

High

7,058' 2,151 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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9,735' 2,967 m

High

7,058' 2,151 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

A tough climb with great views and a 7 mile descent and cool down

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This is a tough climb in sections of Quemazon/Pipeline. The Guaje Ridge descent is amazing and leads into another fine descent on Cabra. Finish the ride on the enjoyable Perimeter trail that flows better in the opposite direction. But after the tough climb on Quemazon, the Perimeter uphill sectons don't feel like much.

Need To Know

Avoid during hot, sunny days as the climb is exposed. Late afternoon showers could turn the narrow Guaje Ridge descent fear factor up a notch or two in the first mile.

Description

Head up up to Trinity Drive from the pool parking lot and enter the Quemazon trail from 48th. Keep right on the steep rocky doubletrack.

At the juncture of Pipeline Descent (about 3 miles into the offroad climb), go left up the doubletrack for another 3 miles to the entrance of the Guaje Ridge trail on your right.

Follow the narrow singletrack descent (with a few quick climbs) for 5 miles to forest road. Go left downhill 1/2 a mle to the Cabra trail on your right.

Follow Cabra all the way down to the Rendija juncture and go right up towards the cemetery. Stay right and you'll now start the Perimeter trail mostly uphill for with some short descents for 3 miles. You'll descend off the trail to 48th & Urban, turning right on North Rd. After a quick descent and uphill turn right on Diamond Drive and then a short ride before turning left on Canyon Rd and back down to the pool parking lot.

History & Background

You ride through the area that was victim to a serious wildfire that affected many lives in Los Alamos.

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Jun 26, 2016
Frank Skimahorn
Climb was a real workout and I was looking forward to the descent. First 2-3 miles of Gauje descent are overgrown with thorny bushes. I would not ...
May 17, 2014
Jay thefadeawayjay@gmail.com
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Minor Issues on Jul 4, 2016
The deadfall is gone but the upper descent is overgrown with locust. Came out of there looking like I had a fight with a cat.
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