East Fork Jemez River Hike – 09/17/2021

First day on a camping/hiking trip to Jemez Falls Campground. After getting the R-Pod set up, we had time to make a short exploratory hike into the East Fork Jemez River Slot Canyon.

The Drive In

The East Fork Jemez River crosses NM 4 just .4 miles east of the entrance to the Jemez Falls Campground. Parking is along side the road; it seems no one observes the No Parking signs, but beware of cars rounding the curve in the road at the bottom of a hill in each direction.

The Hike

Las Conchas West Hike.Pat.2021-09-17

This hike is just an exploratory hike to determine how far we could go before finding it necessary to “take to the river”.

‘Tis a steep descent from NM 4 into the canyon, but only 10 or 20 yards into a small parking area with picnic facilities. From there it is a pleasant trail along the River for about .45 miles when the Canyon narrows; continuing further would require wading in the River. We were not so prepared, so we turned back, satisfied with our reconnoitering.

Just a note: This point is also the starting point for the El Cajete Canyon Trail Hike – 08/30/2021.


Total Distance:  0.89 miles
Elevation: start  7,944 ft, maximum  7,957 ft,  minimum 7,927 ft
Gross gain: 60 ft.  Aggregate ascending 292 ft, descending 292 ft
Maximum slope: 44% ascending, 36% descending, 9.2% average
Duration: 0:38

GPS Track Files for Download
If you haven’t explored these hiking tracks with Google Earth, I urge you to try it. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the screenshot above. For some ideas, check out  Using Google Earth Track Files.

Related Posts

Las Conchas Trail Hike – 08/29/2021
Las Conchas-East Hike – 10/15/2020
Las Conchas Trail Hike – 09/23/2020
Las Conchas Trail Hike – 07/26/2019

References and Resources

Only in Your State: This Easy 2.2-Mile Hike …
AllTrails: Jemez East River Slot Canyon

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