Cerro Grande Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jemez Springs, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until October.
The Cerro Grande Route winds its way up to the highest point in the park, Cerro Grande Peak (10,199 ft). The preferred route is marked by yellow diamonds and is 2.3 miles each way (4.6 round trip). There is an elevation gain of approximately 1200 feet from trailhead to summit. This route passes through the mixed conifer forest and is an excellent place to see wildflowers in mid to late summer. The view of the Valles Caldera and lower Bandelier from the upper portion of the route is quite spectacular. Remember, as this trail begins at high elevation and ends at even higher elevation, snow and ice may be present longer than at lower elevations. In late summer, thunderstorms can pose a serious threat. Before hiking be sure you are prepared with adequate gear and clothing. Hiking poles are recommended to help with hiking on steep or uneven terrain. There is no water available along this route.
Lung and quad busting! Just what I was looking for. Living at sea level, this trail definitely humbled me. Beautiful views at summit, wish I could do it weekly.
It was a fantastic after work hike!
The views from the top of the mountain makes this hike totally worth the effort. I have never seen better views than this. We even saw an Elk, what more could one ask for. Near the top it becomes wide open and hence very windy, so attention must be paid while coming down. It had very light traffic, we just met to couples. Hence you really get the opportunity to enjoy! Mostly it was shady, always carry a light jacket as wind up there was cold even in May.