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La Cueva

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 396' 121 m
Descent: -390' -119 m
High: 3,482' 1,061 m
Low: 3,233' 985 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Jason Karl

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The main loop around the BLM La Cueva trail system.

Jason Karl

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Description

The La Cueva trail is the main trail in this system. It's about 8 miles long and starts out pretty mellow winding through the desert outside of Carlsbad, NM before beginning to climb up into the limestone hills. The center portion of the trail has some technical and loose singletrack and some tight turns. There are a couple of bail-out points at the halfway mark (farthest from the parking lot). Just past the halfway point (going in a counter-clockwise direction) you'll top out at the highest point and then be rewarded with some fun singletrack downhill. The southernmost portion of the trail winds through a clayey flat which is fun if it's dry (otherwise like riding through pudding). I typically take the turnoff at Poquito Mas Trail and link into Runaway Trail for some more technical singletrack descents.

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Jan 8, 2019
Larry Peters
Dec 24, 2018
Anthony Gauna
Dry, 45* sunny
Nov 24, 2018
Rob Briggs
Feb 4, 2017
Mike Dale

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Views of Carlsbad heading down Erosion Gulch Trail. Can you see all three riders?
Apr 28, 2019 near Carlsbad, NM
Just starting out on LaCueva trail
Apr 28, 2019 near Carlsbad, NM
Cacti are blooming in April.
Apr 28, 2019 near Carlsbad, NM
Climbin' and watchin' for cactus.
Mar 24, 2016 near Carlsbad, NM

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