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East Fork Trail (#137)

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Overview:
This is a well maintained excellent singletrack ride that takes you by a number of Jemez sights…such as Battleship Rock, McCauley Hot springs, Jemez falls and the rock formations around Las Conchas. Most of the trail meanders through pine and spruce forests, but nice views can be had at various ridgelines along the route.

The ride:
The description here starts at Las Conchas trailhead and ends at Battleship rock. There are 4 entrance points along the way, Las Conchas, East Fork, Jemez Falls, and Battleship rock, so the length of the trip can be cut down by starting at some of the middle parking areas.

For Jemez area trails, the singletrack is well marked. There are a few crossing trails, but if you stick to the most worn route, you'll be fine.

The ride from Las Conchas to East fork is easy smooth singletrack. Near the Jemez river around Las Conchas, there are several bridge/log crossings and a few rocks to trip you up. From East Fork to Jemez Falls, the trail gets progessively rockier, but is not that difficult outside of a few tricky sections. From Jemez falls to Battleship rock, the trail becomes steep, rocky and technical. This section often requires following a trail that threads between and over toaster to dishwasher sized rocks in the middle of the trail.

Other things:
There are numerous camping areas, and bathrooms at all of the trailheads except Las Conchas. The pools at McCauley make a nice spot for a dip in warmer weather.


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Latitude
35.81519881999682
Longitude
-106.53307735919952
Trail Length
9.2
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jemez Springs
State/Territory/Province
NM
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: REED GILSTRAP ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Wow what a thrill and so scenic.

Recommended Route:
We were very surprised that the river trail part of 137 had been washed out 10 years ago. so we trekked up the mountain.It wouldn't have been so bad but we had a 4 year old boy. Next time we will be more prepared.



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Review Date
October 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: TommyEggsandwich ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
What a spectacular ride. It's a little out of the way, but well worth the trip. Both ends of it (Las Conchas & Battleship) offer great scenery, and the ride between Jemez falls and Battleship rock offers a stellar technical challenge. Plus you can take a swim at McCauley hot springs to break up the ride. What more can you ask for?

Recommended Route:
Las Conchas to Battleship is mostly downhill and often done as a shuttle. But, the ride is short enough that an out and back will only take 4-5 hours.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Many of the Cochiti area upper trailheads start only about 10 minutes away. Carl Shipman, Crosstown, Motown, Medio Dia....



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