Talpa Traverse (from El Nogal)
ElevationAscent: 1,066' 325 m
Descent: -1,063' -324 m
High: 7,427' 2,264 m
Low: 7,163' 2,183 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A challenging, quick, out-and-back ride that can be easily ridden from town.”— Peter Lamont
Like all the 'low' elevation rides in the area... best ridden in dry conditions. The clay content of the mud will quickly pack up your wheels/frame.
Resist any paths that drop off to your right (downhill to town). They will simply exit you to the municipal roads below. Around 5 miles from where you started you'll arrive at an old road that goes up to the left, and down to the right. This is where we typically turn around. The ride is just as challenging on the way back. Someday we hope to continue to contour along to FR 437, and connect with the trails in that area!
The route shown here has a little add-on at the end that we call the Hobo Trail. As you descend back to the parking lot, watch for a right hand option that will traverse further along to the east before dropping down to the creek. Make the hard-left turn at the creek, and ride west back to the parking lot. This is a great little wind-down, and has some tight trees to negotiate back to the foot bridge. Enjoy!
Local Club: Taos Mountain Bike Association (TMBA)
May 9, 2019: The TMBA Stoker – May 2019 Newsletter
May 6, 2019: Relive: Questa to Diablo
May 6, 2019: Socorro Trails
Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest