Cycling No Name Pass
Ride 8.8 miles gaining 2,163’ at 4.7% average grade.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Dan Razum, San Jose, California.
Perhaps there is a name for this pass but we weren't able to track it down. It is close to the Brazos Cliffs, but apparently that isn't the name of the pass itself. At a little over 10,500 feet, it is the highest paved pass in New Mexico. (Sandia Crest isn't a pass).
There is a long straight section of road leading up to the beginning of the climb. The climb begins as the road starts curving. The gradient is never too steep but the elevation will make it a little more difficult if you are not acclimated to altitude. There is a nice shoulder to ride on but traffic is very light so the cars really aren't a concern. The curves are also
gentle on this one, with good sight lines, making for a good descent, if you ride down.
The landscape is green, with lots of trees and shrubs especially Ponderosa Pine as we climb higher. But the trees aren't close to the road so there isn't much shade, it is exposed. The elevation keeps it cool in the summer, and it can get cold during other months.
About a mile after the top there is a pullout where the Brazos Cliffs are visible. Since the gradient isn't too steep to come back, it is worth riding the extra mile for the view.
Brazos Peak is part of the Tusas Mountains of the San Juan Mountain Range.
View of the Tierra Amarilla Valley from the scenic pullout along the climb.