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Lajitas Trails Outer Loop

Intermediate

Trail

14.1 mile 22.7 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 685' 209 m
Descent: -685' -209 m
High: 2,745' 837 m
Low: 2,458' 749 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Renfrow

Classic Lajitas singletrack combining many of the best trails and views in a 14 mile loop.

Jeff Renfrow

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Overview

This is a great loop if you want to get an excellent sampling of the Lajitas trails. It has great flow and will put a smile on your face. Sections like Fun Valley make it a Big Bend classic. Combine it with a lap of Loop 3 when you are finished to get all of the best singletrack Lajitas has to offer in an excellent 20 mile ride.

Description

Head out from the Lajitas Airport Trailhead to the north leg of Loop 3, locally called the Singlespeed trail. It's a flowing, gradually uphill ride for severally miles, followed by a fast run out to Well's Creek. There is a nice downstream section through the creek botton and then you'll follow the Loop 3-4 split to the left and follow the signs for Loop 4 out of the creek.

From here it's several miles of fast and flowing singletrack with numerous dips and short steep climbs and descents. At mile 6 the trail crosses a creek and hits an old jeep road for several miles. The road is nice riding and has great views of the Mesa de Anquila off to the south. Look for the signed turn-off onto JR's singletrack at the botton of a steep hill.

The next 3.5 miles are pure fun with flowing technical singletrack that offers lots of challenge in the form of steep grades and fast technical sections. The trail will cross a jeep road (Loop 1) but the singletrack right across the road 1-B or the Dog Leg)) is what you want to follow. At the end of 1-B you'll follow the dirt road (Loop 1) to the right until you hit Loop 2. Follow the singletrack up a steep hill and across a gently uphill trail back to the trailhead.

History & Background

This ride contains many shorter trail segments that were used in the Chihuahaun Desert Challenge. The race was one of the premier multi-day mountain bike stage races in N. America from the late 80's to 2001 and attracted many top Pros and over 700 racers annually to the region. The course was designated By VeloNews as one of the top 10 mountain bike race courses in the world.

Contacts

Local Club: Big Bend Trails Alliance

Land Manager: Lajitas Golf Resort

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Mar 19, 2020
Chris Tvrdik
11h 09m
Oct 16, 2019
Eric Colquette
Got off trail several times but not too far off. 14.8mi — 1h 47m
Mar 3, 2019
Richard Schmiedeke
Still a great loop but sorry to see the road grading on the south side. Love to see a reroute into singletrack.
Dec 28, 2018
Frank Skimahorn
Looks just like the pictures. Cool desert out there. Did some other riding pm loop 3 after loop 4. 18+
Feb 16, 2017
Tony A.
14mi
May 28, 2016
Chris Beveridge
Loop 3 and 4 were awesome. Loop 2 not so desirable. Picked up 2 thorns in tire with no issues of maintaining air due to Stans. Awesome ride for loc. 14.4mi — 1h 33m
Feb 13, 2016
Darrell Hingle
Nov 26, 2015
Emily Cowles
14.1mi

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Photos

Fun Valley
Apr 9, 2013 near Lajitas, TX
Alex riding the creek bed section at the top of loop 3.
Apr 7, 2013 near Lajitas, TX
Can't miss the ghost milk (or is it taco?) truck.
Dec 30, 2015 near Lajitas, TX
Chihuahuan Desert riding!
Dec 30, 2015 near Lajitas, TX
Starting out on the singlespeed leg of loop 3.
Apr 7, 2013 near Lajitas, TX
Fun Valley singletrack
Apr 9, 2013 near Lajitas, TX

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