Dragon's Back

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  4.6 from 7 votes
blue  Intermediate from 6 votes
Rank: #1 in the White Ridge Bike Trails area
#10 in NM, #510 Overall
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Trail in the area near Jemez Pueblo,
“Sweet ridge riding with some exposure and killer views.”
Lee Brinckerhoff on Mar 17, 2013
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3.45.5 milesKilometers 194’59 m Ascent 5,976’1,821 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -546’-166 m Descent 5,569’1,698 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
Dragon's Back is a south to north route that features gradual climbs and descents along a mesa-top ridge. The trail is fairly smooth with a couple of more difficult sections here and there. At times the route can become narrow and bumpy in places. Stay focused in these sections as you'll feel a bit of exposure as well.

Beware of the deep sink hole type features that form when there are cracks in the underlying gypsum. They're cool to look at but probably bad to try and ride through! A steep loose descent finishes this section of trail, ending in a notch where you can either continue along the ridge or drop down to the left on the Dragon's Back Connector.
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4.3 (32)
Sweet singletrack loop on a gypsum formation with stellar (stark) scenery.
near Jemez Pueblo, NM
4.0 (1)
A gnarly mix of singletrack with twisty, long downs and great climbs.
near Placitas, NM
4.0 (2)
A doubletrack climb to spectacular views at the top of Cerro Pelado.
near Jemez Pueblo, NM

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PHOTOS of Dragon's Back
  4.3 from 4 votes
One of the technical moves on Dragon's Back. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Dragon's Back Trail looking south towards the trailhead. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  3.5 from 2 votes
A little shrubbery to break things up. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Which way on Dragon's Back? Views are great either direction. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Continuing out along the ridge, definitely try to stay on the trail, the... (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  3.0 from 2 votes
The fun descent after the hike-a-bike and road climb. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Sweet grey Dragon with a white line running up her back. (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Starting out on the Dragons Back (Jemez Pueblo, NM)