Guaje Ridge Trail

Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,506ft
Trailhead Elevation8,860ft
Elevation Min/Max7732/8863ft
Elevation Start/End8860/8860ft

Guaje Ridge Trail

Guaje Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Los Alamos County, New Mexico. It is within Santa Fe National Forest. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 8,860 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,506 feet.

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
"The 2000 Cerro Grande Fire left 48,000 acres of the Jemez Mountains covered with black trees and gray ash. On a human time scale, recovery after a crown fire is slow, but the natural processes begin almost immediately after the ground cools and constitute a relentless progression of re-vegetation. This loop through the heart of the Cerro Grande burn area is an education in the destructive powers of a crown fire, the nature of post-fire erosion, and the spectacular recovery ability of a forest. The trail starts in Rendija Canyon, where the constantly changing stream channel still is choked with gravel washed from the steep mountainsides in the first year following the fire. As the route reaches Guaje Ridge, it offers unobstructed views of the Valles Caldera rim and most of northern New Mexico. The loop is a tribute to the trail users of Los Alamos, who as volunteers completely reconstructed the trails that they once thought were lost forever."

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Beautiful trail... petroglyphs are stunning as is the diversity of ecosystems. The moderate rating might be slightly deceptive as the descent/ascent of the canyon can be quite steep, but once down moderate is accurate.

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Santa Fe National Forest
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Santa Fe National Forest
USGS Guaje Mountain
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