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“A great Gila ride that features a sweet part of the Continental Divide Trail”
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This is a challenging ride that starts at Signal Peak Road and goes crosses though scenic Gila back country area to the Sapillo Campgrounds by Skates Canyon and Highway 35.
Need to Know
The highlight of this ride is the CTD trail. It is a contour trail with balanced, rolling climbs and descents. There are a few short steep sections to up the challenge. The trail is currently overgrown, but is findable and marked with cairns and CTD markers. The trails is tight, slightly off camber, with several areas of exposed slope on the side.
This starts at the bottom of Signal Peak Road north of Pinos Altos. It heads out on Meadow Creek road and climbs up to connect with a section of the Continental Divide Trail. The CTD trailhead north towards Highway 35 by Lake Roberts. This particular ride doubled back on the CTD trail about a mile before hitting the Sapillo campgrounds.
On the way back, this route turns right a the re-connect with Meadow Creek Road and makes a steep, fun, challenging climb back towards the starting area by Signal Peak Road.
History & Background
This ride includes part of the rout for the Signal Peak Challenge MTB race. The southern part of the race route (including Signal Peak) was in a forest fire a couple of years ago and is growing back nicely. These areas are currently closed for vehicle use and public recreation.