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greenBlue Socorro Singletrack

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Trail

8.4 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 519' 158 m
Descent: -517' -158 m
High: 5,037' 1,535 m
Low: 4,685' 1,428 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Dry - Some shrubbery getting tight on the trail. nothing major. lots of tracks off trail, that sucks to see.

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Nice desert singletrack on gravel with moderate grades.

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Overview

This fine singletrack ascends to a plateau with flowing turns and great views of "M Mountain" and the Rio Grande valley. The terrain is moderate with good switchbacks. The only technical challenges are occasional arroyo crossings and trail sections with loose gravel. The westernmost spur is a bit more chunky.

Need to Know

The trailhead is on the road used for explosive shipments to New Mexico Tech research facilities. There is a gate on this road 1/2 mile south of the trailhead. This gate is typically locked during non-business hours. Unless you are located in Socorro, the best option is to take I-25 Exit 152 Escondida and then head south on the road to the trailhead. If you are in Socorro, it may be more convenient to park south of the gate and ride north 1/2 mile to the trailhead rather than driving all the way around.

A private landowner has generously granted access. Please be careful to keep the gate closed and stay on the trail to minimize impact.

Hikers and runners are frequent visitors. Please be alert and courteous to other trail users.

Description

The trailhead is on the west side of the NM Tech special delivery road--see Need to Know section. Please close and latch the gate behind you. Flat trail parallels the road for a ways, then crosses a fence stile and turns west.

The trail is a bit sandy and loose but quite rideable. It's easy to slide off on turns so please try to stay on the trail as the landowner is sensitive to this. The trail crosses arroyos and gradually ascends, becoming more gravelly.

After about 2.5 miles the trail divides. Turning right is a shortcut that closes a lower loop. Turning left goes further west and enlarges the loop. The longer loop goes up onto an impressively flat and vast plateau. Endless S-turns make this a fun ride.

A western spur leads off the loop. This out-and-back crosses some chunky bedrock then goes west and ends abruptly at a canyon where property ownership changes.

History & Background

The Socorro Striders and Riders club negotiated access, established the trail, and maintains it. MTB Project publication is with the concurrence of the BLM land manager and the Socorro Striders and Riders.

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Mar 14, 2019
Lee Isselhardt
Going to be in the area, will this trail be rideable March 17-18? Thanks.
Jan 22, 2019
Pam Riches
7.1mi
Nov 25, 2018
Frank Skimahorn
Unexpectedly fun a ride. I'll be back. 10.6mi
Jul 8, 2018
Sean Dullum
Do the big loop. It’s not as bad as described. Your grandma on a huffy could ride most of this one. Fast thin singletrack. Overall pretty easy 9.2mi
Feb 15, 2018
Chris Baker
Great singletrack. Next time look into riding up to Strawberry 9mi
Jan 16, 2018
Matt Hage
Only had time for first loop. Hope to get the whole ride next time. 5mi
Nov 8, 2017
Elissa B
Fun! Loved the swishy plateau curves. Some sand in the very beginning and a few chunky parts but on the whole a solid ride! 11.1mi
Jan 10, 2017
Paul Pacheco

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 15 votes

#1

in Socorro

#1706

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#42

in New Mexico

#1,706

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I ride the Socorro Single Track 3 to 4 times a week. The trailhead is 2.5 miles from my house which makes it very easy to ride anytime of the day. I feel very lucky to have access to this precious piece of land which is literally in my back yard. Jul 26, 2016

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