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Dragon's Back Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.9 (27)

Sweet ridge riding with some exposure and killer views.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Singletrack

5,976' 1,821 m

High

5,569' 1,698 m

Low

194' 59 m

Up

546' 166 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

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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LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 27 votes

#197

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  4.9 from 27 votes
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#2

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Photos

A tour of the very fun White Mesa riding.
Jan 8, 2018 near Jemez P…, NM
One of the technical moves on Dragon's Back.
Mar 30, 2015 near Jemez P…, NM
White Mesa New Mexico
Sep 14, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM
A little shrubbery to break things up.
Mar 17, 2013 near Jemez P…, NM
Dragon's Back Trail looking south towards the trailhead.
Mar 24, 2015 near Jemez P…, NM
It's very important to stay on the trail in the delicate cryptobiotic soils within this system. Google Cryptobiotic crust.
Sep 14, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM

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Feb 15, 2019
Fernando Porta
Camped 3.4mi
May 30, 2018
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Apr 22, 2018
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Jul 4, 2017
Marquis Howe
May 6, 2017
Anthony Gauna
Nov 12, 2016
Ben Santos
2 thumbs up 8.9mi
Oct 15, 2016
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Mar 27, 2016
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