RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Jemez Mountain Trail (AKA New Mexico SR-4)

Jan 10, 2015 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Jemez Mountain Trail (AKA New Mexico SR-4)

Beginning at the route’s western terminus in San Ysidro, the SR-4 ascends steep gradients into the Jemez Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest. Hairpin turns await riders on the steep descent down the east side of the Jemez Mountains. SR-501 branches off of SR-4 for any riders who want to take a short side trip to Los Alamos. The entire route is paved and mostly curvy two-lane tarmac. The area is prone to forest fires, so riders should check that the route is open before going.

Scenery: There are spectacular views into Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument.

Curves: Hairpins and steep elevation changes

Traffic: Generally light

Distance: Approximately 68 miles

Time Required: 1 ½ to 2 hours if ridden without stops. Although the posted speed limit is 50-55 mph, the average, safe speed for riders will be much less due to the terrain and curves. Many will elect to ride this scenic route in both directions.

Technical Difficulty: Moderate to challenging mountain riding.

Website: www.jemezmountaintrail.org

 

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