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An aggressive climb up one of New Mexico's high alpine mountains


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Doubletrack

11,602' 3,536 m

High

9,913' 3,022 m

Low

1,691' 515 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Northside at Taos Ski Valley is a privately owned recreational trail system on Bull of the Woods and Frazer mountains. Check the website and trailhead kiosk (1/4 mile up from the gate) for permit/waiver info ridenorthside.com/

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Bull of the Woods Road begins at the Northside at Taos Ski Valley trailhead and is the most direct route up Bull of the Woods Mountain. From the gate at the top of the Phoenix Switchback road continue north for 1.2 miles, climbing the steep 1st and 2nd Mothers and continue across Jean's Meadow.

Riders will then climb up to a Y-junction with the Frazer Mountain Road. At this junction, turn left, climb the steep 3rd Mother, then enjoy the ride as the road mellows out for the next mile to the Red River Overlook.

After enjoying the views of the Middle Fork Trail/Forest Road 487 valley, continue up the road as it meanders through the forest, across some open rock outcrops with stellar views of Taos Ski Valley and the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness. The views and beauty don't stop as you climb to a saddle between Bull of the Woods and Frazer Mountains.

At this saddle, head left then left again at the junction with Malachite Trail. The road becomes rocky as it enters the alpine and ends where some bristlecone pines have set root on a windy ledge. The mountain's summit is just above here, and it's well worth the short hike to great 360 views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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J. Bella

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in Red River

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in Red River

#653

in New Mexico

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Photos

Views of Taos' Northside from Bull of the Woods Rd.
Nov 9, 2015 near Red River, NM
Third climb along Bull of the Woods road
Aug 25, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
View beyond the Middle Fork basin towards the East Fork area from the Bull of the Woods - Frazer saddle
May 28, 2016 near Red River, NM

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