Best trails in Youngsville, New Mexico

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Map of trails in Youngsville, New Mexico
Top trails (3)
#1 - Cerro Pedernal
Santa Fe National Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
This is the standard route up Cerro Pedernal. Most cars park where FR 100 and FR 160 meet which means an approximately 7 mile hike. If you have a passenger car w/4WD (RAV4 or Subaru) you can go another mile or so, but FR 160 is narrow and can be worse depending on conditions and time of year. Don't be over zealous. Places to turn around are few and far between so be cautious. Trucks, Jeeps, and true high clearance vehicles can go a bit farther. The initial approach to the peak is up a 4WD road. The peak requires a steep hike on very loose rock, a short, Class 3 wall, and a narrow, exposed trail to the summit. Start at the Temolime Trailhead at 7,980 feet. Go 1.1 miles east up Temolime Canyon on the 4WD road. At 8,220 feet, turn sharply north on the main road, cross back to the canyon’s north side and climb 0.5 mile north above the canyon. When you reach 8,480 feet, you will have an open view of the upper peak. Just beyond this, an old, blocked road goes straight ahead. Stay on the main road here, curving to the left, contour 0.5 mile west. There will be a switchback hard to the east at an intersection at 8,680 feet. Continue on the road for another 0.8 mile to some large meadows at 9,030 feet. From these meadows you will have a clear view of the peak’s upper northwest face and its barrier cliff. On first glance, the barrier cliff may appear to be continuous for the length of the face, but a closer inspection will reveal a passage through the cliff. Look for a 20-foot wide, black cave opening midway in the face. The route through the cliff is 150 feet northwest (left) of the cave. Leave the road, and hike up the steep slope to the barrier cliff by a route of your choice. Be careful. It is not difficult but tricky with all the loose rock and no particular path. Look for cairns to find an opening and head up. There is not one particular trail. There are many use trails in this area, so take your pick. Once you reach the base, hike along the base of the cliff until you find the key passage, which is a 12-foot high, Class 3 wall with a right-sloping ramp above it. The is an old Juniper branch leaning up against the rock marking the spot. There is said to be an old painted arrow on the rock here, but it is too faded to see. Climb the 12-foot high wall, which requires two Class 3 sequences that have a secure stance between them. Healthy teens and adults can handle this with no rock climbing experience. Vertically challenged have a bit farther to reach but it is still doable. This is the crux of the route. Above the Class 3 wall, follow the use trail up a ramp to the right and continue up the sometimes exposed trail to the ridge above. Hike 200 yards northwest (go left) on the ridge to the highest point. From your Pedernal perch you can see the entire southern Sangre de Cristo Range from the Fourteener Culebra in Colorado to the peaks above Santa Fe. This view includes Wheeler Peak - New Mexico’s highest peak - the Truchas Peaks, and Santa Fe Baldy. To the north you can see the southern San Juans and the La Garitas in Colorado. Scanning farther to the west, you can see the main San Juans, and even the La Platas above Durango, Colorado. No other summit offers this unique view. Show more
#2 - Continental Divide Trail: Ojitos Segment
Santa Fe National Forest
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 31 m
Ojitos trail is a segement of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). The Ojitos trailhead is located at Skull Bridge within the Rio Chama Canyon. The trail begins on the south side of the Rio Chama along FR 151. Skull Bridge gate is closed and locked. There is limited parking at the bridge (please do not block the gate). The trail follows Forest Road 474 for one tenth of a mile. The road turns sharply to the NW, and there are trail signs guiding trail users to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. The Ojitos Trail ends at Forest Road 468 and the trail continues as part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail which is well marked with markers bearing the CDT logo. Motorized use is not permitted in the Wilderness.Show more
#3 - Continental Divide Trail: Coyote North Segment
Youngsville, New Mexico
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m