While this trail does extend farther than this particular route, this is the most popular mountain biking portion. The trail stretches to the east past the North Borrego Trail #150
, but you'll quickly hit the Pecos Wildnerness (where bikes are not allowed).
The trail also stretches past the Viejo Trail #179
to the west, but you'll eventually get to the Nambe Pueblo where mountain biking may not be allowed.
The trail intersects the North Borrego Trail #150
at the Rio Nambe and follows the river for the length of this portion to the Viejo Trail #179
. Finding the Viejo Trail #179
is somewhat tough, as you'll have to cross the river, enter a big meadow, cross the meadow and reconnect with the trail on the other side. Don't get lost because you are nowhere near civilization!
The trail itself is a blast as it shoots down the river valley at a pretty quick tempo. The trail offers a lot of variety as it is smooth and fast in sections and technical in others. While not long, this part of your ride will likely be a highlight as it is almost all downhill. The real problem is that you'll have to climb back out on the Viejo Trail #179
and that is sheer masochism!