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Blue Ribbon

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 3.3 (13)

Baby heads on steep grades with ledges mixed in on the climb/descent, otherwise great fun.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Singletrack

7,479' 2,280 m

High

6,846' 2,087 m

Low

22' 7 m

Up

655' 200 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

May be closed during the summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.

Description

Blue Ribbon traverses the ridge east of Otero Canyon and can make a fine loop with that trail and G Nasty. The northern end of the trail climbs up onto the ridge and is quite technical with lots of loose stuff and other embedded rocks to make it difficult to hold your line. About half way up things get really nasty with a steeper grade and shelves thrown into the mix and no clear line to hold.

Once you're up on the ridge, the character of the trail changes dramatically. Curving trail through the trees and an open meadow take you to the junction with G Nasty. Then it's a short tight rocky spot followed by a gradual climb, eventually ending at a junction (more like the north end) of FS Rd 106.

While the northern bit of this trail is a real grunt, the southern half is great and the descent of the northern bit is not terrible though a bit bone jarring.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Shared By:

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 13 votes

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  3.3 from 13 votes
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#316

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Switchbacks on Blue Ribbon dropping into Otero Canyon.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Rock shelves near the bottom of Blue Ribbon.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Descending the last bit of Blue Ribbon to the Otero Canyon junction.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Loose rocks litter the trail surface in the northern portion of Blue Ribbon.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
The rocky section just past the G Nasty intersection.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
The smooth climbing on the southern end of Blue Ribbon.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM

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May 1, 2020
Eric Foltz
Jun 10, 2018
Brandon Vicenti
May 14, 2016
Stephanie Striefel
up to fs 106 was good, stopped there; then pine something and three buckets (where i fell and hurt myself); ride back to th would have been funner ... 2.5mi
Nov 15, 2013
John Geronimo
Oct 6, 2013
John Geronimo
Aug 4, 2013
DONNY KOLOZSY