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High Altitude Race Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Mostly winding singletrack/fire roads through trees with a moderate collection of rocks on trail


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8.2

Miles

13.1

KM

70%

Singletrack

8,853' 2,698 m

High

8,171' 2,491 m

Low

1,147' 350 m

Up

1,251' 381 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Provides a good option if you are looking for a good mix of climbing challenges and fun descents. There are a few sections containing a lot of loose rocks but that seems to be the standard for trails in this area.

Description

Starting from the High Altitude Bike Shop, take Burro Avenue east then head north on Mescalero. Pass the town dump to enter the singletrack on the right. You'll see a wooden sign with an arrow marking the trailhead.

Follow moderate singletrack to Pines Campground. Follow more singletrack to the junction of FR-206C and FR - 568. Head north on 568. You'll then cross over two cattleguards. Shortly after the second cattleguard will be the entrance to Bailey Canyon on the left for a long descent. If you reach a wide open meadow you have gone too far as the singletrack can be hard to spot if you aren't looking for it.

You'll know the descent is complete when you go over a sizeable bump and intersect with the forest road. Take a hard left here to head East for a sustained climb on FR-206C. You'll cross a cattleguard near the top of the climb at which point you'll veer right to follow more singletrack. You'll eventually come to a split in the trail at which point you should veer right. Do not follow the fenceline. Continue to follow this climb until you reach T568A and take that all the way back to the village.

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Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 17 votes

#1

in Cloudcroft

#1493

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  4.1 from 17 votes
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Photos

One of the first downhill bits on the trail.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
The turnoff into Bailey Canyon. Entrace is framed by logs.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
The metal gate you'll need to pass through just before the entrance to Bailey Canyon.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
The smooth singletrack at the top of Baily Canyon, around 8,500 feet.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Downhill portion of trail, after turning off 568.
Jun 29, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Top of FR 206 climb, about to turn into the last stretch of singletrack that leads into town.
Jul 7, 2015 near La Luz, NM

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Jun 20, 2021
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Mar 28, 2021
C Y
Sep 18, 2020
russell.elder
8.2mi
Jul 17, 2020
Benjamin Garcia
2h 00m
Jun 23, 2020
Benjamin Garcia
Apr 28, 2020
Dub Girand
Sep 14, 2019
Nic Hayes
Beautiful ride. I was concerned about the elevation but I took my time and enjoyed the scenery. 8.2mi — 8h 30m
Sep 1, 2019
Eugenio Mendoza