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High Altitude Race Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (14) 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

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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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Jeff Moon

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 14 votes

#1

in Cloudcroft

#1477

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Photos

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
Constant uphill on the road
May 21, 2016 near La Luz, NM
This is the entrance to Bailey's Canyon. It is easy to miss if you aren't looking for it.
May 11, 2013 near La Luz, NM
Ready for some very nice down hill. Little muddy but its OKAY!!
Apr 21, 2014 near La Luz, NM
Starting on the downhill. Some fun doubletrack
May 21, 2016 near La Luz, NM

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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
Jun 1, 2019
Pierre Boisvert
Débuté à 10:30, terminé à 12:00. Montées fatigantes... 8.2mi — 1h 24m
Apr 7, 2019
mi ke
5.7mi — 1h 24m
Nov 24, 2018
Pierre Boisvert
Started at 10:35, finished at 13:00, with few breaks, and one fall !
Jun 18, 2018
Orlando Mendoza