Cedro Peak


The Cedro Peak Trail is only about 10 minutes from our house--how convenient!  Located in the heart of the Cibola National Forest, the trailhead is just off of NM Hwy 337 (a.k.a. South 14), a few miles south of I-40 and the Village of Tijeras.  At 0.8 miles past the Sandia Ranger Station, turn left on Chamisoso Canyon Rd.  The entrance to the trail is at 0.7 miles on the right, between the two "Road Closed Ahead" signs.  Ranging in elevation from approximately 6,300 feet to over 7,500 feet, the trail takes you through the southern most part of the Sandia Mountains and circles Cedro Peak (which is around 7,800 feet in elevation).  The trail consists mostly of dirt/gravel roads, portions of which contain small rocks (less than 6 inches to 8 inches in diameter).  Between Waypoints CP04 and CP05, off to the right, is "The Hill", a steep descent into Chamisoso Canyon and the climb back up. Then at Waypoint CP22, there's a set of 3 "steps" (each approximately 12 inches to 18 inches tall) off to the side of the trail. Neither of these obstacles are on the main trail; they just provide for a little "fun" on the side. The trail is just over 8 miles long and takes approximately 3 hours or so to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  One (1) Easy
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Here are a couple pictures from the Cedro Peak Loop Trail.
On the left, NM4W member, Kris Webb, driving the ugliest truck I've ever seen in my entire life! 
On the right, descending "The Hill" turned out to be much easier than getting back up on this snowy January day.
After winching ourselves up, we had to had to winch 5 others up as well!
(Note: "The Hill" is not part of the main trail--it's just an off-shoot "play area")

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Waypoint: To: Distance Cumm. Dist. Bearing Lat Long
CP01         N35 3.81'

W106 22.92'

  CP02 0.30 mi 0.30 mi 96 (E) N35 3.78' W106 22.60'
  CP03 0.35 mi 0.65 mi 81 (E) N35 3.83' W106 22.24'
  CP04 0.13 mi 0.78 mi 102 (ESE) N35 3.81' W106 22.10'
  CP05 0.25 mi 1.03 mi 50 (NE) N35 3.95' W106 21.90'
  CP06 0.95 mi 1.98 mi 65 (ENE) N35 4.30' W106 21.98'
  CP07 0.37 MI 2.35 MI 89 (E) N35 4.31' W106 20.59'
  CP08 0.28 mi 2.63 mi 133 (SE) N35 4.14' W106 20.38'
  CP09 0.19 mi 2.82 mi 77 (ENE) N35 4.18' W106 20.18'
  CP10 0.35 mi 3.17 mi 150 (SSE) N35 3.92' W106 11.99'
  CP11 0.85 mi 4.02 mi 176 (S) N35 3.18' W106 19.92'
  CP12 0.27 mi 4.29 mi 168 (SSE) N35 2.95' W106 19.86'
  CP13 0.30 mi 4.60 mi 308 (NW) N35 3.11' W106 20.12'
  CP14 0.36 mi 4.96 mi 333 (NNW) N35 3.40' W106 20.29'
  CP15 0.13 mi 5.09 mi 265 (W) N35 3.39' W106 20.42'
  CP16 0.51 mi 5.60 mi 238 (WSW) N35 3.15' W106 20.88'
  CP17 0.18 mi 5.78 mi 213 (SSW) N35 3.01' W106 20.99'
  CP18 0.26 mi 6.05 mi 261 (W) N35 2.98' W106 21.26'
  CP19 0.28 mi 6.33 mi 179  (S) N35 2.73' W106 21.26'
  CP20 0.27 mi 6.60 mi 321 (NW) N35 2.91' W106 21.44'
  CP21 0.29 mi 6.89 mi 231 (SW) N35 2.75' W106 21.68'
  CP22 0.12 mi 7.02 mi 186 (S) N35 2.65' W106 21.69'
  CP23 0.14 mi 7.15 mi 64 (ENE) N35 2.70' W106 21.56'
  CP24 0.25 mi 7.40 mi 160 (SSE) N35 2.50' W106 21.47'
  CP25 0.12 mi 7.52 mi 144 (SE) N35 2.41' W106 21.40'
  CP26 0.10 mi 7.62 mi 209 (SSW) N35 2.34' W106 21.45'
  CP27 0.13 mi 7.75 mi 160 (SSE) N35 2.23' W106 21.40'
  CP28 0.09 mi 7.84 mi 191 (S) N35 2.15' W106 21.42'
  CP29 0.16 mi 8.01 mi 132 (SE) N35 2.06' W106 21.29'
  CP30 0.07 mi 8.08 mi 192 (SSW) N35 2.00' W106 21.31'

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Fall of 2003.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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