Perimeter trail (north) - TRAIL

Perimeter trail (north) - Trail, Los Alamos, Mexico

This trail skirts the north and west sides of Los Alamos from Guaje Pines Cemetary to near the Los Alamos high school. There are numerous access points along the streets that it borders (Arizona, Yucca, 45th, 48th, Quemazon, and Ridgeway).

For a trail so close to the city, it has a lot to offer. From Guaje Pines Cemetary to roughly Mitchell trailhead, the trail was undamaged by the Cerro Grande fire and is fairly smooth singletrack. From Mitchell trailhead to the upper parts of Western area, the trail becomes progressively rockier and has a few steep ascents/descents. From the upper part of Western to the Ridgeway trailhead, the trail drops back into Los Alamos over numerous large rocks reminiscent of Quemazon trail.

The trail is a nice tuneup for some of the harder trails around LA. It's also a great way to connect numerous trails around LA. It crosses Pipeline road and Mitchell trail. From Ridgeway endpoint, a short ride down Sandia street leads to Quemazon trailhead. The Guaje Pines endpoint connects up with Upper Guaje Road, Cabra Loop, Pajarito Trail and Bayo Canyon.

Guaje pines cemetary is at ~7100ft, the highest point of the trail (near pipeline road intersection) is ~7780 ft, and the Ridgeway endpoint is at ~7380 ft.

User Reviews (1)

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TommyEggsandwich   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2007]

I really like this trail. It's convenient to get to, it has some nice technical sections in it, some fun ascents/descents, and it's always in good shape. I'd can't think of a better trail around Los Alamos to hit if you wanna do a quick hour or two of riding.

Customer Service

Both ways are fun. If you start at Guaje Pines, then you get to do the rocky descent into Western at the end of the ride. Freaking blast. If you start at Western, then you get to do the fast descent back to Guaje pines...also a blast.

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