Cerro Pedernal is a magical mountain that Georgia O’Keeffe called her own, and was captured in many of her paintings. She even said of the Pedernal, “God told me if I painted it often enough I could have it.”
Located in the Jemez Mountain range and rising 9,862 feet above sea level, Cerro Pedernal is a major landmark in north-central New Mexico and can be seen from miles around. You will be guided to the northwest base of the Pedernal. Most of the approximately 7 mile round trip hike is on an unmarked jeep trail.
As you trek in, you will gradually gain a total of 1000 feet in elevation, passing through forests of Rocky Mountain juniper, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Pinon pine and Gambel oak. Your stopping point, at 9200 feet, is a beautiful meadow with views of Abiquiu Lake and the basalt cliffs of the Cerro Pedernal.
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