This is an old trail, with little use. While parts are a bit faint, it offers a nice backcountry experience close to Santa Fe, and only modest route-finding skills.
Drive out to the end of Old Santa Fe Trail, and take a left and continue on County Road 67. Continue and take Forest Road 79 at the Y. You'll reach another intersection after a few miles. Park here and ride the road to the right. You can drive the road also if the gate is open. After ~a half mile, look for the rock cairns to the left. Start the singletrack here.
In general, the trail follows a ridge, with 2-3 modest climbs. You'll eventually drop down to a low spot and take the drainage out to the right. The riding will follow a hillside cut for about a half mile. You'll reach a modest opening, with a large weathered root ball and what looks like a downhill continuation of the trail. Actually, the trail will make a sharp right turn. You'll be on the right track if the trail is an obvious bench after 20 yards or so. More hillside trail awaits until you reach the dirt road. Turn right, and ride the road back to the singletrack start.
Shared By: Jeff Hylok