A very bumpy road to Cerro Pelado
Cerro Pelado is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.085m (10,121ft) above the sea level, located in Sandoval County, in northern New Mexico, USA. It’s one of the highest roads of New Mexico.
Nestled in the Jemez Mountains, within the Santa Fe National Forest, the road to the summit (aka Naked Hill), is totally unpaved. It’s in reasonably good shape, used regularly by the Forest Service and cell tower maintainers, though the last bit gets steeper and rockier. 4x4 vehicle required.
The summit hosts the Cerro Pelado Fire Lookout, built in 1913. During fire season the tower is manned and provides great panoramic views of the area. Starting from the paved NM-4, the ascent is 19.31km (12 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 595 meters. The average gradient is 3.08%.
Pic: Danny springtrap