Cerre Grande is located in, and is the highest point in, the Bandelier National Monument west of Los Alamos. The large parking lot for the trailhead is at the junction of Rt. 4 and St. Peters Dome Road, FR 289. The trail is great and a lot of fun, but the sweeping views of the Valles Caldera, from the top are what make this hike a top choice. Not many people get out this far from Sante Fe, so no crowds. This hike was part of our hiking club outing to Sante Fe in early October. Great moderate hike. Even though the trail is not maintained, it’s in good shape.
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average hiking speed 1.56 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.