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Las Conchas-Los Griegos Traverse

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A decent route that combines single and doubletrack with two mountain passes.


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Map Key

27.2

Miles

43.9

KM

80%

Singletrack

9,813' 2,991 m

High

7,852' 2,393 m

Low

3,852' 1,174 m

Up

3,866' 1,178 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a varied and scenic ride that combines both valleys and mountain tops with some spectacular scenery. There are both technical and easy section throughout the ride.

Need to Know

This ride crosses several recent burn areas, watch for falling trees.

Description

This route begins as singletrack at a parking area on Highway 4 just after the Valle Grande. You climb up a meadow next to a stream for the first mile and then the trail gets rough because of the Las Conchas fire. The singletrack continues up to the top of Las Conchas peak and crosses the road at a cattle guard. From there, it drops down into a valley by a small lake on a rough doubletrack.

The trail then climbs up the opposite side on a doubletrack that becomes singletrack again to the top of Los Griegos peak. From here, the singletrack drops down the other side of Los Griegos by another small creek until it joins the Cerro Pelado lookout tower road for 50' or so.

The trail continues as a doubletrack from here on Forest Road 270 to Forest Road 10 where it ends by a cattle guard. Continue on FR 269 to the west along the mesa rim, then drop down to the right along the tent rocks on a singletrack. Cross the creek at the bottom and climb a short way until the trail joins into the Jemez Falls Trail. From here go right to the east and cross HWY 4, then continue until the next highway crossing at east fork. Follow the highway around the cliff to the fishing access and join the trail to the north along the river. After a mile the trail climbs up to the right and across a meadow, then drops back to the highway where you started.

History & Background

Some of these trails are very old native American routes, and homestead trails from the 1500's.

Contacts

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Taber West

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  2.8 from 6 votes

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Photos

One of several rideable bridges across the East Fork of the Jemez River.
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This is a video of "most" of the point-to-point classic ride of Las Conchas to Battleship Rock.  It begins once up on the ridge out of the East Fork Creek Canyon (Las Conchas), where the descending really starts.  It's nice and flowing at first, but then gets more difficult throughout the ride.
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Jul 13, 2020
Brad S
May 2, 2020
Stefy Bau
The Las Choncas Peak trail is not rideable. You need to do the fire road until the cattle grate. You can pick up the trail by turning right just after 23.4mi — 4h 00m
Sep 16, 2017
Scott Blackford
Completed the South side only. Lots of overgrowth. If it wasn't for cell signal and MTB project, we would have missed the trail. 19.3mi
Oct 3, 2015
christina ting
Trail through burn area is not rideable; a fireroad alternative starts just east on Hwy4. Loop is mostly fireroad, E.Fork section by far the nicest