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blue High Altitude Race Loop

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8.2 mile 13.1 kilometer point to point
70% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,147' 350 m
Descent: -1,251' -381 m
High: 8,853' 2,698 m
Low: 8,171' 2,491 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)


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Trail shared by Jeff Moon

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

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E-Bikes Unknown

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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.


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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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
May 28, 2018
Mark M
Apr 14, 2018
Anthony Gauna
Nov 5, 2017
Logan Mikus
Coming from the flat lands of Florida this trail is incredible. A few lengthy descents and plenty of walk a bike climbs for me. Would do again. 8.2mi
Sep 8, 2017
Justin Crispin

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