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12 Hours in the Wild West



11.9 mile 19.2 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,260' 384 m
Descent: -1,216' -371 m
High: 7,901' 2,408 m
Low: 6,778' 2,066 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Christopher Bare

A 12-mile loop of world class singletrack around Grindstone Lake.

Christopher Bare

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-


World class singletrack that begins in Ruidoso Village that affords brutal climbs, technical descents, tight trails and marvelous vistas of the Lincoln National Forest.

Need to Know

Most of the climbing occurs in the first four to five miles of the ride.


The race loop makes use of several of the trails around Grindstone Lake. The race course begins at the entrance to the Grindstone Stables behind the lake and dam.

Head up the road and into the picnic area to access the singletrack. The trails behind the dam were newly constructed in 2016 for the sole purpose of running this race. Respect to those who put in the work to make this happen. Follow the trail up the hill until you arrive at the Grindstone Lake trailhead and parking area. Alternatively, you can simply start here if you are not interested in any of the trail behind the dam.

Initially, begin on the Grindstone Lake Trail and follow the singletrack until you reach the junction with the Alfred Hale Connector. Take the Alfred Hale Connector and continue your ascent. This course basically consists of about 4.5 miles of climbing, followed by a few miles of more or less "flat trail" on top of the mountain that finishes with several miles of descending.

Continue on until reaching the Grindstone Mesa Loop and make sure you continue on said loop. Essentially, most of the race course follows a path/loop on the outer part of this trail network as opposed to trails that are closer to the lake on the inner part of this network. Continue on until you begin a fairly technical descent accented by a few rock gardens and make sure you hit the Grindstone Ridge Connector trail.

Follow this trail back down toward the lake and make sure you get on the Grindstone Ridge Trail. Take this trail down to the Lake and follow the trail back toward the dam and down into the start/finish area near the stables.

History & Background

2016 marks the first year of this race being held at Grindstone Lake.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed


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Apr 21, 2018
Paul Levesque
Took my brand new Trek Fuel & got my ass kicked. Awesome event. 24mi — 3h 49m

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Vista of Grindstone Lake near the apex of the climb.
Jun 1, 2016 near Ruidoso, NM
Take in the views from this fallen tree on the Grindstone Ridge Connector.
Mar 13, 2017 near Ruidoso, NM
From the Alfred Hale Connector, look back to experience great views of Grindstone Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Ruidoso, NM
Rolling through the start/finish line into the fourth lap of the day.
Jun 1, 2016 near Ruidoso, NM
Step downs can catch you off guard but all are rollable and have clear landings.
Mar 12, 2018 near Ruidoso, NM
View of Sierra Blanca on the Alfred Hale Connector.
Nov 25, 2018 near Ruidoso, NM


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