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2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -655' -200 m
High: 7,479' 2,280 m
Low: 6,846' 2,087 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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.

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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
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  3.2 from 10 votes

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#299

in New Mexico

#13,424

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This is a brutal climb, but a great training hill! Sustained climbing with a few good, steep, technical sections thrown in. I've only ridden it down a couple times. There are much better options for coming down. Jun 13, 2014
I love this decent! It's loose and rocky as hell and keeps you on your toes the entire way. Pretty good chance for sidewall tears and downtube dings. Beware. Jul 24, 2015

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