Rumbo de Chihuahueños: Seven Springs to Chihuaheños and Cañones
STATS: 25m, day 1, 4.5 hrs.
45m, day 2, 9.5 hrs
~3m of bushwhack hike-a-bike with rocky ups and downs
70 miles, 8,000ft gain
Cabello, Chihuahueños, and Cañones Creeks, as well as at Flavio Spring.
Location: Jemez Mtns, NM
Resources: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
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I’ve concluded that there are some that rise to the top naturally. Built to excel. Practice does help. But, whether one practices or not, some have something burning inside that shines through. Happiness is more important than success to them. The biking is the expression of something deeper and more fulfilling. What is it, you ask? Not sure. I won’t speculate, but instead will get to the point: I’m practicing lately.
Having been inspired by the Tour Divide record breaking lately, namely Lael’s x2, I’ve been thinking about ‘effort’. Our latest trip into the Jemez backcountry required some special effort and a willingness to ‘go without.’
This effort was quite real, and included some of our best tidbits from our other Jemez rides (you can use the search bar to explore those, search "Jemez".
We rode from Seven Springs , up over the flanks of Cerro de la Garita and the high La Grulla Divide, to two remote Jemez canyons: the Chihuahueños and Cañones. Two full days with amazing views opened this awesome popcicle loop up with both pomp and the appropriate amount if shitty bushwhacking. This trip is a modified version to this Seven Springs Loop and this Polvadera Loop. The idea is that it can access the northern Jemez, but be accessed from the south. We didn’t have to drive around to Abiquiu from Albuquerque.
As with other loops we’ve done in this area, the Tour Divide cuts through the linked up features we rode on this trip. Views, Single Track, and Adventure with a capital A. (read bushwhacking)
Start: Fish Hatchery to Rd 527 (pipeline) via Trail 68
2. Up, east on Rd 527 to Rd 401
3. Follow 401 on curcuititous route until it meets the top of Chihuaheños Creek. (the 401 is the main northern Jemez forest road.
4. Down Chihuaheños single track to FR448
1. Take 448 west to 449 and back up to 401
2. Take 401 right to Road 99, right and down to the top of Cañones Creek (right on hidden track) and the Cañones National Recreation Trail.
3. Ride the trail down through awesome single track until you are stopped by rock gardens of heinous proportions.
4. Head left up an ATV track up Barrancones Creek to Road 173, up, down, then up to Road 100
5. Take left onto FR 100 back up through the amazing meadows around Flavio Tank and Valle de la Grulla
6. Left on FR 99 and head back up to the 144 and (right) westward back to the fish hatchery.
|Starting out from Seven Springs, the ride's pastoral character becomes immediately apparent.|
|After a long ride up through FR144, cut off here at the unsigned cattle path heading down into the amazing Chihuahueños single track!|
|This is Valle de la Mora, which leads into a steep forested track down into Chihuahueños proper.|
|I took very few pictures along the amazing single track, because it was so awesome.|
|Heading back up FR 449|
|Cañones from FR144 on our way down into it.|
|Heading down the 99 was fast and gorgeous, problem is, we knew we had to come back up it later that day.|
|Heading into Cañones National Recreation Trail.|
|More amazing meadows (just like Chihuahueños)|
|Sweet Jemez Single Track|
|Fuck, starting what became nearly 4 miles of rocky bushwhacking.|
|Finally up and out of the Cañons bushwhacking.|
|FR100 heading back up toward the crest, nearing the huge open meadows of the Valle de la Grulla.|
|Flavio Spring and Valle de la Grulla|