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South Boundary Trail

Consensus:    (details)
 4.4 from 10 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 5 votes
Rank: #2 in the Taos area
#33 in NM, #1,320 Overall
Views: 5,107. Last 30 days: 648
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Condition:
Jul 6 Green - Dry
Trail near Taos,  area, 
“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°)
Description
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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COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
4.2 (5)
This scenic loop is a great low (7200') elevation ride for when the snows arr...
near Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
3.3 (3)
This is a beginner trail that is also a lot of fun for advanced riders.
near Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
3.0 (2)
A challenging, quick, out-and-back ride that can be easily ridden from town.
near Taos, New Mexico

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