Upper Rio En Medio #163

 2 votes

1.9 Miles 3.1 Kilometers


Singletrack

16' 5 m

Ascent

-966' -294 m

Descent

10,147' 3,093 m

High

9,197' 2,803 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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An epic, backcountry downhill; this trail has it all!

Phil Lucero

Overview

This trail is unmaintained and somewhat rural in parts. There could be downed trees or other hazards along the way. Watch out for wildlife.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

This trail has it all! Awesome views, gorgeous waterfalls, creek crossings, treacherous rock gardens, steep grades, tight switchbacks and smooth, tight singletrack that cuts through varied terrain. If you crave a backcountry mountain bike adventure, the Rio En Medio has what you need.

The trail starts just a short way down the Upper Winsor Trail #254 from the Santa Fe Ski Area parking lot. When you get to a bridge, don't take it as that is the Winsor Trail. Go straight and you're off.

You'll be following the river the entire way. The first section (before Aspen Ranch) is perhaps the toughest part of the trail as the grade is very steep and there are some nasty rock gardens. This first part is unrelentingly tough and will require every bit of expertise you can muster. Soon, you'll get to the Borrego Trail and follow it for a stretch before heading west again on Lower Rio en Medio #163.

This is really a gem of a trail, and you'll want to do it again soon!

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Minor Issues 34 days ago
Fallen Trees - 10 ish trees across top section not cleared yet.
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