Guaje Canyon just above the road from the cemetery. Most of this burned in the Cerro Grande Fire, 11 years ago.
This is Las Conchas burn, however.
The old water pipeline that used to supply Los Alamos from the Guaje Canyon Reservoir, long out of use. Most of the insulation is burned off it now.
The junction of Vallecitos de los Caballos Canyon and Guaje Canyon.
Starting up Vallecitos Canyon. The trail is mostly gone through here.
It's starting to grow back already!
Back into some green. The trail through here can be followed, but has a lot of downfall on it, and soon will have much more.
An undamaged section of trail.
Approaching the aspen level.
The trail through this section can be followed now (see it, just right of center?), but probably will not be visible for long.
More trail, not long for this world.
An unburned section.
low level burn here. Many of these trees should survive.
This is what it all used to look like, back before Cerro Grande. Sigh!
This is a bit off the trail, to the east of the bottom of the summit meadow.
A bit to the east of the trail, a bit below the level of the base of the summit meadow.
Summit meadow ahead!
Pajarito Mtn from low on the summit meadow.
Cerro del Medio and Redondo Peak from the Caballo summit meadow.
The larger of these trees will probably survive. The bare spot on the near ridge left of center burned in the Cerro Grande Fire. That's Guaje Ridge between here and Pajarito.
The tree where we turn around in the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. It will probably survive.
The top of the trail from Guaje Canyon.
The trail down into Guaje Canyon. This side of the mountain looks pretty badly burned, at least near the summit.
Pajarito Mtn from the summit of Caballo.
Compare this with the next photo, taken in 2005.
June 2005 version of the previous photo.
Cerro Grande Fire scars on the near ridge. An unburned portion of Guaje Ridge in the distance.
The summit meadow DID burn, but the grass has already grown back.
Where the Vallecitos Trail enters the trees at the bottom of the summit meadow. Note the cairn.
Looking back up the summit meadow.
The trail has disappeared through most of this section, just below the summit meadow.
A scruffy-looking brown bear. It didn't stick around.
...but it did leave tracks.
Back down through an unburned section.
The trail through this heavily burned section will soon disappear.
Nearly back to the junction with Guaje Canyon.
The road in Guaje Canyon.
Guaje Canyon, nearly down to the Cemetery Road.
On the Cemetery Road, climbing out of Guaje Canyon. These are Cerro Grande Fire scars.
Caballo, from the Cemetery Road.