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5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,167' 356 m
Descent: -544' -166 m
High: 4,735' 1,443 m
Low: 4,095' 1,248 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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An exceptionally rough and tough technical trail.

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SST is a New Mexico classic: chunky rocks, tight switchbacks, rough, and tough. If you are looking for a flow trail, the west side of the river is not for you; try Dona Ana Trail instead.

There is a small parking area a short way up the arroyo from the road. This will generally be accessible by street cars depending on the condition of the arroyo. There is a larger staging area further up but this may require high-clearance or 4X4.

Head up the road; there are a couple of possible routes to reach the point where singletrack begins. The singletrack contours along the canyon then briefly joins a road before dropping down into the main drainage. Once you hit the arroyo, follow it west for about 750 feet watching for the trail on your right. Once you see this, turn back to the northeast and follow the trail as it gradually rises through exceptional switchbacks.

Use the MTB Project mobile app for way-finding if you get confused at trail junctions.

SST is developing some heavily eroded sections that are not rideable. If you are interested in a work day to maintain the trail, please contact John Geronimo.


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May 17, 2018
Christopher Bare
6.2mi — 1h 52m
Nov 22, 2014
John Geronimo

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Multiple trail work days sponsored by the SNMTA have take place in the last several weeks. While still an extremely tough and technically demanding trail, this has vastly improved about 80% of the erosion damaged locations on the trail. If you haven't had the opportunity, try out this trail with it's incredible views of the Mesilla Valley and Robledo Mountain range, you won't regret it. Jan 12, 2018
G MacD  
The SST is an incredibly tough and technical trail. Don't feel bad if you need to push your bike in some sections. Sharp rocks can easily tear through tire side walls and dent rims. Bring tubes, boots, dental floss, and super glue just in case. There are several easy bail-out points along the trail in the lower half, but bailing is a harder option up near the top. Enjoy! Feb 20, 2018
Christopher Bare
New Mexico
Christopher Bare   New Mexico
Respect to the community for putting work into this trail. While still rough and tough, the recent trail work has really paid off. Much of the trail can be ridden and hike a bike sections are not as frequently encountered. This will never be a fast flow trail, but for a rugged challenge, it is worth a try if you want to suffer a bit. May 18, 2018

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