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Grindstone Lake Trail Extended

Intermediate
 4.4 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The most extended loop around Grindstone Lake.


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11.7

Miles

18.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

7,899' 2,408 m

High

6,918' 2,109 m

Low

1,158' 353 m

Up

1,163' 355 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Starting at the parking grounds, head onto Grindstone Lake Trail (counterclockwise). After 2,5 kilometers, turn onto the Alfred Hale Connector up to the top, before rejoining the Grindstone Mesa Loop trail (also counterclockwise), flowing into the Grindstone Ridge Connector.

At the branch following Grindstone Ridge Connector, turn right down the final section of the Grindstone Lake Trail that winds down to the Grindstone Lake Trail. The last few hundred meters is the Fisherman's Trail back up to the parking ground.

Need to Know

Open to hikers.

Description

Except for the last few hundred meters, it is a complete singletrack loop that contains nearly everything: smooth and rough passages, rocks, plant roots, steep turns, flowing curves, lighter and heavy uphill, fast downhill sections and a few little bumps. What I like the most is that the whole loop is rideable - you'll never have to push your bike.

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Shared By:

Tobias Mueller

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 27 votes

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  4.4 from 27 votes
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Photos

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
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
One of a few jumps on the Grindstone Extended Loop
Mar 12, 2018 near Ruidoso, NM

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Dec 6, 2020
Graham Downey
closed now to out of towners
Oct 8, 2020
russell.elder
1st ride!
Aug 16, 2019
Patrick Farrell
Jun 26, 2019
keith radons
Jun 2, 2019
Pierre Boisvert
2h 30m
Apr 28, 2019
John Mark Stiles
11.9mi — 2h 00m
Apr 6, 2019
Jessica Diaz
Mar 31, 2019
Joey Teed