Chief Route Finder: Dennis Brandt
Little, Bill Priedhorsky, Kathleen Gruetzmacher, Dave & Faye Brown,
Carolyn Bell & Walter, Sharon Kapple, Joe Ortega, Dennis Brandt, Jan
Pot Luck Guests: Karen Brandt, Lynn & Norbert Ensslin,
Jan Studebaker and Dennis Brandt led a
10 mile (1800' vertical) hike up Los Griegos Peak in the Jemez
Mountains of New Mexico. Griegos is a mountain with a long narrow
spine on top that we hiked from end to end for views. The top has
several Indian ruins, as well as a very old telephone box used by
the Forest Service for fire spotting before nearby Cerro Pelada got
a true 'lookout'. Dave Brown showed us several great short cuts on
the way down.
Los Griegos Peak as seen from NM4
near the East Fork Trailhead.
(October 1, 2009)
Los Griegos is close to Sierra Los
Pinos and Jan's home, where we met with a few other friends and had
a wonderful party, potluck, and hot tub after the hike.
Mariposa Lily on the High Meadow.
The forest around the Los Griegos area
is great for hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing.
Cerro Pelado, just south of Griegos, is also a very nice destination
to hike or ski.
Walter, and Dennis wonder......How hard could it be?
The Los Griegos Peak trailhead is
located on NM4 in a pull-out/parking area on the south side of the
road at about Mile Marker 35. The only other marker is an indistinct
ski trail sign. The hike is about a 10 mile round trip hike, with
about 1800' of vertical, and took us a leisurely 7 hours including
photo and snack stops. Route finding is very difficult, as there is
a maze of old roads, new roads, and trails (all dirt).
Looking north one has
a great view of Redondo Peak.
Dennis had helped Jan find a good
route up the peak on the week before the hike. A couple of the
Slideshow photos are from the earlier hike.