46.0 miles
Distance
3,595 ft
Climb
-6,819 ft
Descent
08:10:05
Avg time

Caldera Crest Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Los Alamos
    , New Mexico
  • AKA
    Burn's Ride
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    May-October
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Epic tour of the Jemez Mountains, including high mountain meadows, expansive views, hidden valleys, subalpine grasslands and bomb-able fire roads. Most of this ride is very remote and cell service is limited. Ride with a group and carry an emergency beacon. The Chihuahuenos drainage requires route-finding and crossing of multiple downed trees. The route is technically easy, consisting mostly of fire roads. However, the altitude, remoteness, and length make it an intermediate/advanced ride.

Access Info

Park at Pajarito Ski Area (or ride up from town) and end at Bodes in Abiquiu. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open to biking during daylight hours without permit. No camping is allowed inside preserve. Water is plentiful until polvadera mesa (treat appropriately) or carry 4-5 quarts.

Disclaimer

Remote, high altitude, limited cell coverage. Be bear-aware.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Caldera Crest Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,224 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,007 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,182 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,231 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,007 ft
  • Grade
    -1.3%
  • Grade max
    -62.5%
  • Grade min
    46.3%
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    28 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
  • Avg time
    08:10:05
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      Caldera Crest Trail Trail Reports

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      May 4, 2021 @ 12:58pm
      May 4, 2021
      Mostly dry. Some large trees to duck under coming down from Guaje Ridge to the caldera. Trail is great throughout the caldera. On the north aspect...
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 7:46am
      Sep 28, 2020
      As of 26th of September, conditions are dry and dusty but overall very good. Water is available until you leave chihuahueños canyon. There seems...
      Aug 12, 2020 @ 9:38am
      Aug 12, 2020
      As of 8 August, the conditions of this trail were great. There's plenty of water flowing in Chihuahueños Creek up to about the 24 mile mark. ...
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