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South Boundary Trail

Consensus:    (details)
  4.4 from 14 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 7 votes
Rank: #1 in the Taos area
#1 in NM, #133 Overall
Views: 6,558. Last 30 days: 651
Jul 6 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Taos,
“This is one of the classic NM rides.”
Taber West on Sep 9, 2013
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24.839.9 milesKilometers 2,661’811 m Ascent 10,722’3,268 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -4,676’-1,425 m Descent 7,165’2,184 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
4:30 average time for 21.0 miles. Details

This 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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4.0 (1)
A fun, low-traffic descent through Mondragon Canyon.
near Angel Fire, NM
3.4 (5)
This is a beginner trail that is also a lot of fun for advanced riders.
near Ranchos de Taos, NM
2.8 (4)
A challenging, quick, out-and-back ride that can be easily ridden from town.
near Taos, NM

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PHOTOS of South Boundary Trail
  5.0 from 1 vote
Where the excitement begins... (Ranchos de Taos, NM)
  5.0 from 1 vote
The wicked fun final descent... (Ranchos de Taos, NM)
  4.0 from 1 vote
"Heaven On Earth" portion of SBT (Angel Fire, NM)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Trail 164 sign on the climb up Osha Mountain. (Angel Fire, NM)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Nice rest spot in the aspens before beginning the major decent. (Ranchos de Taos, NM)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Very fast downhill section under the forest canopy. Lots of fun. (Angel Fire, NM)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Lookout viewing north toward Hwy 64 (Ranchos de Taos, NM)
  3.0 from 3 votes
View looking SSW as you begin the first decent. (Angel Fire, NM)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Long, gentle incline toward the campsites on FR 437 (Angel Fire, NM)
  2.3 from 3 votes
I seems it's always up or down. Not a lot of 'flat' sections to this ride. (Taos, NM)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Spring snowline (Ranchos de Taos, NM)
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