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Quemazon - Guaje Ridge - Cabra - Perimeter Loop

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Rank: #3 in Jemez Mountains and Los Alamos
#27 in New Mexico
#1,057 Overall
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“A tough climb with great views and a 7 mile descent and cool down”
Brian Martinson on May 29, 2013
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18.3 Miles 3,301’ Ascent 9,735’ High 6.8% Avg Grade
60% Singletrack -3,285’ Descent 7,058’ Low 18.0% Max Grade
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.
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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PHOTOS of Quemazon - Guaje Ridge - Cabra - Perimeter Loop
 3.3 from 3 votes
Through the burn zone. (Espanola, NM)
 2.7 from 3 votes
ouch, but not too bad until the end (Espanola, NM)
 2.7 from 3 votes
the fun begins, the climb was worth it after all (Espanola, NM)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Descending Perimeter trail. (Espanola, NM)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Guaje descent turnoff (Espanola, NM)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Looking north on the west side of Perimeter Trail. (Espanola, NM)
 2.3 from 3 votes
the respite before the walls at the end of the climb (Espanola, NM)
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