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Trail 660: Mondragon Canyon Trail

 3 votes

8.4 Miles 13.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

244' 74 m

Ascent

-2,192' -668 m

Descent

10,072' 3,070 m

High

8,088' 2,465 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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A fun, low-traffic descent through Mondragon Canyon.

Casey Fry

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Head up Fire Road 437 as if you were going to the South Boundary Trail at Garcia Pass. About a mile before the South Boundary Trail trailhead, there will be a jeep trail intersection on the right; it splits into two trails - take the trail to the right. It is not marked, so use the MTB Project mobile app to locate the trailhead.

After about a mile of easy pedaling west, you'll reach an intersection of several roads and trails, including #164; look for a doubletrack trail on the right that heads downhill (see the video). After around two miles, be on the lookout for a trail that splits to the left (you'll be going pretty fast, so pay attention!); if you reach FR437, you passed it. At this point you'll climb for a bit... now, this is where I might have gotten off track and missed a turn-off to the right, so watch carefully... if not, then the wide trail will end at a steep goat trail that drops into a ravine. This is where the trail disappeared for me, and where I began my hike in the woods, which eventually led me to another road bed.

Once I found the trail again, it was easy to follow after this, as it enters and descends Mondragon Canyon. The last mile or so is fast and rough. When you reach the creek at the end, look for a log crossing to the left, ending at Hwy 64.

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Mar 8, 2016
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Road is still covered in snow this time of year.

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Minor Issues 72 days ago
lots of precipitation the past four days ~ intermittent and moderate rainfall, with snow above 10k ~
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Charles Clayton
Taos, NM
Charles Clayton   Taos, NM
Heading up from Highway 64, this trail (660) provides a great way to access South Boundary...A steady and moderate climb of about 7 miles. From there, you can drop SBT right into Taos, or connect with the actual Mondragon trail for a big loop. Will try to map that one out soon. Jul 8, 2017

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