This is a 12-mile loop that will be used for the 2017 Tommyknocker 10; a ten-hour endurance race held in the Arenas Valley Area on a yearly basis.
As you take the Nursery Road out of Fort Bayard toward the Big Tree Trailhead, watch out for the Nursery Road and Crumbly Road intersection. Just beyond the intersections, you'll see another road that goes off to the left. Take this road until it ends at a dirt parking area and some corrals. This is the starting point for the race. From here, head south on the Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
toward Fort Bayard. Just before the cemetery, hang a right onto some doubletrack road and follow it as it goes behind the cemetery. The road will intersect with another road and be sure to stay left.
You'll eventually see singletrack and a "trail" marker. Follow this singletrack segment to the Old Highway 260
Trail. Take 260 down until you cross the dry creekbed and hang a right onto Twin Sisters Creek Trail
. You'll briefly follow Twin Sisters Creek Trail
through two forest service gates until you arrive at an intersection. Take another right onto Arenas Valley: Fence Line Trail
and follow this trail up until it reaches another gate and a set of corrals. From the corrals stay on the singletrack labelled "trail." Do not get on the Fenceline Trail yet. Take the singletrack up until you reach an intersection with the Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
. Turn left and then almost immediately, you'll notice singletrack that goes off to the left. Take this singletrack until it meets up with the Arenas Valley: Fence Line Trail
Head back up Arenas Valley: Fence Line Trail
until it meets up with Sawmill Wagon Road Trail #243
. Climb Sawmill Wagon Road Trail #243
until you reach the Big Tree Trail #755
intersection and take Big Tree Trail #755
to the Cornell Ranch Trail #758
. Follow Cornell Ranch Trail #758
back down (enjoy the nice downhill bomber run) to Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
. Follow this trail south until you reach a singletrack segment just below Barrel Spring. Watch your head at the beginning of the trail if you are tall as you'll pass under a metal pipe. Follow this trail back to the parking area. The trail will come very close and parallel Woodhaul Wagon Road Trail #55
at times, but stay on the singletrack. Enjoy the race, I hope to see you there!