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Jemez Falls


This is a nice secluded waterfall in a beautiful mountain setting with several moderate variations to pick on and avoid crowds. It gets shade all day until the late afternoon.

Getting There 

From Albuquerque, take highway 25 North to Bernalillo and exit at highway 550 (exit #242, DON'T miss this exit, the next exit does not come for many miles). Follow 550 to San Ysidro and head North on state road 4 for about 32 miles. As you are heading towards Los Alamos there will be a pullout with a gate (usually locked in the winter) and sign that says Jemez Falls. Park here and walk in 1.5 miles down to the falls. Rap in or scramble down to the northwest of where the falls sits.

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Jemez Falls   WI2-3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Jemez Falls WI2-3  NM : Jemez Valley Area : Jemez Falls
This is a wide frozen waterfall with about six definite lines on it. It is a good route to get mileage on. Depending on conditions be careful not to take the plunge into the falls, as you could get wet and miserable....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Feb 20, 2010

As of 2/19/10, there is a "Closed to Public Use" sign posted at the Battleship trailhead.

As an alternative, Bonita/Battleship Falls is still accessible to visit (no climbable ice, though).

By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, NM
Feb 14, 2010

Jemez Falls has been closed by the forest service, citing damage to the ecology around the Jemez Falls campground. "Closed to all use" signs are at the gate for the road in to the campground (the shortest approach). Also if you hike in on trail 137 from either the East Fork Trailhead or Battleship Rock, you will also run into "Trail Closed" signs eventually (although no info was posted at the trailheads).

The memo posted under each of these signs says this closure started in late October '09. It didn't say when the area would reopen.

The F.S. had 2 meetings in spring '09 to discuss resolving ecological impacts, which were posted on Mountain Project and advertised through the Los Alamos Mountaineers. At the time, it seemed like they were focused on camping restrictions, rather than closing hiking trails and attractions like the biggest waterfall in the Jemez.