Dead Dog Trail, Caja Del Rio, Soda Springs, Diablo Canyon

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20.7 Miles 33.4 Kilometers


20%

Singletrack

1,854' 565 m

Ascent

-1,855' -565 m

Descent

6,906' 2,105 m

High

5,465' 1,666 m

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33%

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This is an excellent 20-mile loop on variable terrain with awesome views.

Georges Mally

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This is an excellent 20-mile loop which has a bit of everything. There is technical singletrack, 4WD trails, challenging descents, fast rollercoaster doubletrack and a final fat-bike-specific stretch up Canada Ancha through Diablo Canyon. Skinny bikes should take Buckman Road back to the trailhead.

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Start at Dead Dog Well, climb to the plateau on to of the Caja del Rio via the Dead Dog Trail, then ride northwest across the Caja through Sagebrush Flats to the Soda Springs trail. The Soda Springs trail is a challenging, rocky descent and is definitely for advanced riders. As you ride down Soda Springs, you'll be rewarded with amazing views of the Rio Grande. Once you have made the descent to Soda Springs you head North around the tip of the Caja. At this point those on fat bikes can make your way up Canada Ancha through Diablo Canyon back to Dead Dog Well. This is a long ride in sandy conditions but there is excellent technical rocky spots and awesome views within Diablo Canyon. If you are riding a skinny bike the best option is to take Buckman Road South back to Dead Dog Well.

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Oct 30, 2016
Jim Robillard
I walked a lot of the descent to the river. Great views. I wouldn't have found the trail down without the gpx file on my computer. Lost my glasses. 20.8mi — 3h 30m

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Minor Issues 37 days ago
Dry: Start of the descent to the river not marked. Take a gpx map.
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Sorry an unpleasant ride. Sandy wash start to a uninteresting plateau ride without good signage. Can't say what the second half looks like because we lost interest as we arrived at the really loose rock climb and called it a day. Spent most of the day just trying to stay on the trail Oct 27, 2016


Sorry to hear that Paul, For us local FatBikers this is one of the best rides around Santa Fe. For more interesting terrain we have to go between Española and Abiquiú in the Window Rock area. Oct 27, 2016


Challenging descent to the river. Great views. Ride back through the sand was a struggle for a skinny bike. Took the road which was a slog. Oct 30, 2016


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