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La Tierra Tortura

 3 votes

Length

8.3 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

811' 247 m

Ascent

-811' -247 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

7,225' 2,202 m

High

6,973' 2,125 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 91 days ago
Dry History

Getting forecast...

Following the long running race course (skipping the 'technical' parts).

Cate SF

Overview

An eight-mile loop that has a nice combination of ups and downs that's ideal for cardio training. This loop has also been featured many times in previous years as a race course. Almost all of the trails are singletrack to boot!
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

If you pedal to La Tierra, you can take the Camino de los Montoyas Connector under the highway to start and end your ride just to the south of the La Cuchara Trailhead.

Description

Some of the downhills are more technical than others, but there's no need to walk your bike on the looser rocks. The first half is more intense in terms of uphills, with the three distinct slopes from intersection #7 to #11. You'll gain speed in the downhill from #12 to #13, but this bit is followed by a sharp, sandy and steep left turn towards #14. From then on, it's all a smoother continuous uphill, with some nice downhills here and there.

It's not very panoramic compared to other trails (like the ones in Galisteo Basin for instance), but it's still great exercise on a fun lap.

In terms of navigating it, La Tierra isn't too confusing, there are numbered signs at each intersection and many maps on the main ones, so there is no need to get a paper map. The first time you ride it, you should go a bit slower to check where to turn with the signs, but the second time it will be much faster.

History & Background

This loop has been the frequent course for an annual race that started in 2006.

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Nov 15, 2017
Joseph Higginson
8.4mi
Oct 18, 2017
Matt Rettmer
Trail is in very good condition. Exploring today as first time riding. Highly recommend the bike park type features...super fun! 10mi

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