Trail work on the connector trail
Start of the connector trail from the Perimeter Trail
Nice new steps
Entrance to the Nature Trail off of Quemazon.
The race runs down the Nature Trail
Sections of this trail are rocky
Lots of flowers along the sides of the trail
The races goes along the south edge of LA canyon.
Heading down the Nature Trail. At this point the Nature Trail goes left, but the race will continue straight down along the edge of LA Canyon.
Look across LA Canyon
The race goes down the Devaney Longmire Trail into and out of LA canyon. You can see the trail dropping into the canyon here.
At this point the course goes onto Los Alamos National Labority property. Don't bring your drugs with you on the run!
The trail is cut into the tuff rock here.
Once at the bottom of the canyon, the course crosses the road and angles to the left going across this bridge.
Then climb the narrow single track trail on the south side of LA Canyon.
Good views of the ice rink.
More of the trail climbing out of LA Canyon
Looking across canyon where you just came from
Once out of LA canyon, the course follows some dirt roads climbing along the south side of the canyon
Cross over the road and then stay as close to the canyon as possible.
There are a few steep sections that the 4x4 like to play on
Looking up LA canyon at Pajarito Mountain. That is where the route goes.
Continue up canyon.
At this point the course stays straight and goes off the dirt road and onto a short section of trail.
Looks across LA canyon to the town of Los Alamos.
Any birds home?
The last section before coming to Camp May Road.
Cross Camp May Road at the start of the guard rail and
then start up Coblentz's Climb.
Looking down the top of Coblentz's Climb. The junction of West Road and Camp May Road in the distance.
At the top of Coblentz's Climb turn right onto the Camp May Trail.
The Camp May Trail is a cross country route, follow the rock cairns.
The Camp May Road Aid Station will be located here.
At the second road crossing, just continue straight. The trail becomes a little harder to follow here.
The middle section of trail gets close to Camp May Road.
Watch out for these hazard trees
and these hazard holes left after the tree stumps and roots have burnt.
CMRT is close to the road here.
The arrow cairn.
From here you can see the route onto the ski area. The course will ascent the right from right to left.
When you reach the 3rd dirt road turn left.
This area burnt during the 2000 Cerro Grande fire and partially reburnt during the fire last year.
After 2/10 of a mile, turn right onto the next dirt road. At this point the course joins the orginal 50 mile route.
After 1/10 of a mile, turn left onto an old grass covered two track.
follow this 2 track for about a quarter mile before turning left to gain the ridge in this picture.
Looking back at the 2 track.
From here the route goes cross county though a burn area to the ski area.
Beware of hazards in this area including these death stakes (burnt trunk of a young Aspen tree)
and holes left from burnt root systems.
Burnt logs and new Aspen growth.
Some sections are very rocky
A dead Aspen grove that is coming back to life.
More death stakes
Don't fall on this one!
The route is heading to the ridge in the center of the photo.
The views become very nice up here. Looking back across LA canyon and to the town of Los Alamos.
Also, watch out for the locusts. They have nasty thorns.
Almost to the ridge
Great views from up here.
The ski area!
The course gains Evershire Ridge about 1/3 of the way up.
Go down the ski slope to the Townsite lift (no aid station here this year)
The old JMTR route to the ski area.
From the Townsite lift the course will follow the same route on the ski hill as the 50 mile course last year.
Looking back at Evershire Ridge.
On the ski hill
working up to the top.
Again, nice views.
The Spruce lift loading station burnt in the fire last year.
looking into the Caldera
cross along the back side of the ski area
Top of the Aspen lift. Turn left here onto "Aspen for Trouble"
Pass by the snowmaking storage pond
Looking south again.
The blue chair, a nice place for a rest.
Cerro Grande across the way. The 50 mile route will come up here after going through the Caldera.
Top of the Mother lift.
The route drops down the run "Opps"
Looking back up "Opps"
Drop down "Mother's Milk" and hit the jump if you like.
And then take an old logging road to the Aspen Run
and drop straight down Aspen to the ski lodge where there will be an aid station.
Another running getting ready for the race on Aspen.
After the ski lodge, take the trials out to Canada Bonita
This trail had section of severe burn
And sections of no burn
still a little snow here.
heading up the single track.
Almost to the Pipeline Aid Station
The 50 mile race drops over this edge into the Caldera
Heading down Pipeline and back to town.
Sections along Pipeline Road had severe burn.
Looking across at the ski hill
Pipeline Road in the distance. The Guaje Ridge Trail meets Pipeline road in the center of the photo.
Going along Pipeline Road
The Guaje Ridge junction is just ahead.
Don't miss this turn
Guaje Ridge is a mixed bag of burn and no burn.
This small section got fried
The trail is a little loose and rocky too
But then back to no burn section
The Aspen are getting their leaves early this year.
The Guaje Ridge Trail
The Guaje Ridge Aid Station is just around the corner.