“This is one of the classic NM rides.”
— Taber West on Sep 9, 2013
DescriptionThis trail starts on forest road 70 on the right side, so turn on the gps or use the MTB Project mobile app to locate the trailhead - it isn't marked. The climbing begins right from the start, and you ascend about 2400' in the first 5 miles. After this, you crest a peak and begin descending all the way down to the highway 4700' below.
The descent is rocky, but not too technical and the views are great. About half way you'll come to a meadow and cross a forest road. The trail continues on the other side of the road to the west and winds through the aspens for a little while, then resumes the descent down through the ponderosa pines. The last few miles are much more technical and steep, so watch out here, you'll know it when you get there.
At the bottom, you cross the creek and you're at a parking lot by the highway. This ride is normally done as a shuttle, but some start from the bottom and ride up to the peak, then head back to the bottom for an out and back. There is no water on the trail, so bring plenty, and watch out for afternoon thunderstorms - you are in very high country here.
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