Dead Dog Well Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,733' 528 m
Descent: -1,733' -528 m
High: 6,893' 2,101 m
Low: 5,469' 1,667 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“An excellent 20-mile loop over mixed terrain with awesome views.”— Georges Mally
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Pedal onto the Dead Dog Connector which quickly connects to Road 24JD for a casual descent to Road 24J. Turn right to complete a rolling climb for a few miles. When Road 24J splits to the right as an unmaintained road-trace, keep left onto Road 24JJ for a short but stiff climb. At the next intersection, head right onto Road 24M which takes riders for a rolling descent on a somewhat rocky road-trace.
Now that you've made it through all the sagebrush flats, get ready for the Soda Springs Trail. The way down is a steep and challenging descent that's definitely for advanced riders. After the initial straightaway, the singletrack heads into a series of tight switchbacks. There are some amazing views of the Rio Grande below, but just make sure to keep at least one eye on the trail. As it closes toward the river, the trail turns north for a casual road-trace pedal around the tip of the plateau.
At this point, those on fat bikes can turn to make their way along Cañada Ancha Route through Diablo Canyon back to Dead Dog Well (as mapped). This is a long ride in sandy conditions, but there are excellent technical rocky spots and awesome views within Diablo Canyon.
If you're riding a bike with regular sized tires, keep following the Soda Springs Trail to where it ends at the Old Buckman Road. Turn right and follow the gravel south for just shy of seven miles to reach the trailhead.