“Lollipop loop featuring a steady climb, a stream-side trail, and a fast downhill finish.”
— Kenny Feller
A steady climb for 3 miles before dropping into a very scenic stream-side trail with several wooden bridges.
The first 3 miles is a steady climb through a nicely-thinned ponderosa forest on Gravel Pit Connector
. Shortly after, you'll drop onto East Fork Trail (Trail 137)
, which runs along the Jemez River. The stream-side is very lush in this area and is surrounded by beautiful high cliffs on both sides. There are several long wooden bridges with no handrails - almost like an easy log ride.
As you near the end of the lollipop by the highway, there tends to be more pedestrian traffic. At the highway you can turn around and go back the way you came, or ride on the shoulder for 1/4 mile before crossing a barbed wire fence on the right for an easy return to East Fork Trail (Trail 137)
. Finish the ride with a fast, flowy 3-mile long downhill.