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Quaking Aspen Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (14)

An intimate route up a gentle drainage, with aspen trees, slickrock, some fun challenges.


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3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Singletrack

8,067' 2,459 m

High

7,572' 2,308 m

Low

514' 157 m

Up

20' 6 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Also a good out and back trip, just turn around at the appropriate distance. Since the trail is in a small drainage it is easy to stay oriented. Many interesting little features for young children.

Closed during winter and early spring due to snowfall and runoff, typically mid-December through mid-April, but can vary by up to a month.

Description

One of the first singletrack routes in the Zuni Mountains, the trail follows an small drainage up to Sheetrock Tank, which usually contains water. The route features an intimate glide through the aspens, followed by some slick rock sections, including an interesting grazing fence crossing "cattle guard" feature.

The grades are gentle for the most part, with short tech sections that challenge beginner-level riders to develop their skills. The trail terminates at a signed four way intersection at Sheetrock Tank, offering several route choices, including a fun downhill return to the trailhead via Turkey Nest Trail and Y2K Trail, or continuing on to a loop of Lost Lake Rim Trail and Smokin' Handlebar Trail. Quaking Aspen Trail is part of the Zuni Mountain 100 Route, which offers ~50 continuous miles of mtb singletrack through a variety of beautiful and challenging terrain.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bill Siebersma

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 14 votes

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  3.9 from 14 votes
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#117

in New Mexico

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A must visit. You could spend several days here and ride different singletrack each time. With more trails being built regularly. Nice designated camping areas and clean restrooms. Help support the cause, only 5 dollars a day
Aug 23, 2017 near Fort Wi…, NM
Aspens and roses on Quaking Aspen Trail.
Nov 28, 2015 near Fort Wi…, NM
Taking a rest at Sheetrock Tank on a beautiful spring day.
Apr 22, 2013 near Fort Wi…, NM
Sheetrock Tank
Apr 18, 2013 near Fort Wi…, NM
Trailhead map, confusing because as you stand there it is upside-down to the direction you are facing.
Apr 22, 2013 near Fort Wi…, NM
The rickety bridge.
Apr 22, 2013 near Fort Wi…, NM

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Oct 14, 2019
Alan Sparks
9mi — 5h 30m
Jun 21, 2019
GE Hofmann
Great ride on Summer Solstice. Dry trail and great flow. Some wild flowers appeared along the way up to 8000 feet. 5mi
May 16, 2019
Nick Winowich
Smooth, swoopy, flow through the ponderosa. Ride in the shade! Easy like the bike path in places, slight challenge in others. 10mi — 12h 00m
May 2, 2019
Coquette Collins
Oct 4, 2018
Hiro Protagonist
Mar 24, 2018
John Mark Stiles
Muddy day. Came down aspen thn turned right to hit the smokin handlebar trail. Once we got to the intersection we took the forest road back 2 parking 8mi
Jul 26, 2017
David Miller
May 20, 2017
Frank Skimahorn
Favorite trail was Lost Lake Loop. Felt like an Ewok. Best views were on Y2K. QA is a nice way to climb, though. Slick rock is fun. 21mi