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Guaje Canyon Trail 282

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

This trail is brutal but heavenly to those who crave steep technical descents. If you can clean all the switch backs and steep rutted, tree rooted, rock infested single track you rule. Once at the bottom of the canyon floor you cruise exqusite singletrack past burbling Guaje Creek to the small puddle known as Guaje resevoir. From there it is a blistering fast 6 miles or so to the confluence with rendija canyon. Ride back to town a number of ways or have a vehicle waiting.
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Trail Directions
Top of Pipeline rd. 3 miles from Camp May. From town coming up pipeline its at the bottom of the hill with the pipe on the rack. Just ride until you see the pipe and the up hill is over.
Trail Length
9 miles from pipline road to rendija
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Los Alamos

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Review Date
July 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TommyEggsandwich ,  Cross Country Rider

As of 2007, the bulk of the trail is still in shambles from the Cerro Grande fire. I've heard of people starting to hike it again, so maybe it will get rebuilt enough to bike in a few years.

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Review Date
November 11, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Walt Wehner , from Los Alamos, NM

The best part of this trail is the 1 mile or so of truly fun technical switchbacks and drops. Don't be intimidated - it ain't THAT bad, but it's certainly hard enough that most people don't try to ride it. The rest of the ride suffers from a large number of downed trees - at least, as of this summer. Remember that you are actually pretty far in the backcountry on this ride, so be prepared to whatever mother nature throws at you.

Recommended Route:
Ride a big loop, starting in town and going up Nail trail to the top of the ski hill, then to Pipeline, down the canyon, and back to town on Pajarito Trail in Rendija. This is about the coolest ride in the world.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/trails/9507/labiking.htm

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