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Golden Open Space

Intermediate
 3.8 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Sandy washes, tight turns, and some sweeping mesa loops make for a fun ride.


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Map Key

11.0

Miles

17.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,391' 1,948 m

High

6,093' 1,857 m

Low

763' 232 m

Up

762' 232 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is the extended version of the Intro to Golden Open Space featured ride. It seems some of these southern trails have been added recently.

Description

You'll start this ride by dropping into the wash before you climb the side of a drainage to the top of some mesas on the south. From there, you can do a variety of ~one-mile loops. It's mostly flat terrain meandering through meadows and out around the edges of the mesas. Good miles, but nothing technical, and not sandy like down in the washes.

Most of the system is green/blue. There are a couple minor little ledgy things and tight, sandy corners where you can do funny things in slow motion if you're not careful. It looks like it gets a lot of horse traffic.

I just parked and took every left turn I could and believe I ended up riding everything there (~11 miles). This loop could definitely be ridden the other direction (take right turns everywhere) though, and be just as much fun.

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Shared By:

Timon Fish

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 19 votes

#1651

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  3.8 from 19 votes
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Photos

Take a look at the singletrack in Golden Open Space, NM.
Mar 19, 2017 near Placitas, NM
Golden Open Space offers stellar singletrack with even better views.
Mar 19, 2017 near Sandia…, NM
Reaching the end of the original Golden Open Space Trail.
Apr 28, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
Riding through the cedar trees.
Apr 28, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
Dropping into the canyon takes you through beautiful red rock formations.
Sep 8, 2016 near Sandia…, NM
He's loving the tight singletrack at Golden!
Apr 2, 2017 near Sandia…, NM

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Aug 29, 2020
david hartford
Jul 24, 2020
Richard Effs
1st time out here? Make time for getting lost as there is absolutely no signage on southern mesa. 11mi
Apr 8, 2020
Mark McClain
Mar 25, 2020
Jeremy Chemistruck
7.9mi — 1h 30m
Feb 16, 2020
Miguel Contreras
May 22, 2019
Rigel Anestos
Had lots of fun, lots of climbing in some spots but most of it has a really nice flow that you can use to your advantage.
Apr 19, 2019
John Mark Stiles
Great soil and landscapes, not sandy whatsoever. 11mi — 1h 30m
Oct 28, 2018
Mike Werner