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Fall Color Bike Ride to the Gilman Tunnels

Date: 
Sat, 2020-10-17
Leader: 
Ross Lemons
Telephone: 
505-570-1586
Leader Email: 
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

This trip is a bicycle ride on paved roads from Jemez Springs to the Gilman Tunnels and back. The Gilman tunnels are located in the most scenic section of the Guadalupe River Box and were originally blasted out of the rock in the 1920's for a logging railroad.  The cottonwoods along the route will hopefully be near the peak of their fall colors, making it a most beautiful ride.  This is an out-and-back ride along State Road 4 to Highway 485 and Highway 376 to the tunnels.  The total distance is ~29 miles with ~700 feet of elevation gain on way out and ~600 feet on the way back.  It is usually quite cool in the morning when we start but warms up for the ride back.

If you are interested, please contact Ross Lemons.  The trip is limited to 10 people and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We will meet at ~9:30 a.m. at the parking area along State Road 4 in front of the Jemez Springs Plaza (on the NW side of the highway just before Mooney Blvd. and the Los Ojos Restaurant).  There is road construction just before Jemez Springs, so allow a little extra driving time.  If you would prefer a shorter ride, meet us at ~10:00 AM at the State Road 4 - Highway 485 junction.  The group should be back in Jemez Springs by about 12:30 PM.

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