“Nice desert singletrack on gravel with moderate grades.
— John Geronimo
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.
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.