Talpa Traverse Trail
ElevationAscent: 182' 55 m
Descent: -374' -114 m
High: 7,423' 2,263 m
Low: 7,231' 2,204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“The bottom of the best of Taos's Sangre de Cristo foothill trails”— MTB Project Staff
There are two access points for this trail - from the El Nogal trailhead ride up the South Boundary Trail and take the South Boundary Connector #164B, or at an established parking area on NM Hwy 585 a few hundred feet east of Weimer Road is a common access point to the Ojitos Trail #166.
With a handful of moderately technical features mixed in with dozens of tight, bermed curves, this trail is overall pretty rocky yet has enough smooth and flowy sections to keep the stoke level high. Following a general downhill trend winding south through arid pinon and juniper forests it has plenty of short uphill pitches to keep your cranks spinning. It's a great trail to test ride a new bike, or work on your shifting and dropper-post skills.
The last mile has several well-worn side trails branching off the downhill side, most of these lead off of National Forest land into neighborhoods and are best to avoid but could be used for early exits in an emergency situation. When you see these trails, generally stay to the left and follow the dozens of rock cairns on either side of the trail until it ends at an atv road by some utility lines. You can follow the power lines a short ways down to Maestas road and ride through Talpa back towards Taos proper, or turn around and ride the trail back up to whichever trailhead you started at.
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