Cerro Grande

Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544

Cerro Grande

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In the Jemez Mountains, geography and geology combine to create an unusual plant community that adds a distinctive feature to the scenic quality of the range. Volcanic soils on young peaks can support dense mixed-conifer forest and do so on three sides of the summits.

The intense southwestern sun beats directly on the south-facing slopes, resulting in warm, dry conditions much of the year. Forest vegetation has diffi culty growing on the south slopes, and many of the highest peaks in the eastern Jemez support extensive, roughly triangular grasslands on their sunniest side. Cerro Grande (Big Hill) has one of the largest montane grasslands in the Jemez."

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This is a beautiful trail through wooded canyons, over a waterfall, and up to a ridge top of open meadows. You get tremendous views of Cochita Lake, Rio Grande River Valley, and canyons of Bandelier National Monument. Be prepared for very rocky trail in places and extremely hot weather after June 1. Many sections of the trail are not shaded and the heat on the Pajarito Mesa can be stifling in mid-summer. Can't wait to go back in October!

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Trail Information

Los Alamos
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Trail Type
Skill Level
May through November
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