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North Boundary Trail #495

 3.3 (4)

9.8 Miles 15.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,246' 380 m

Ascent

-1,503' -458 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

9,289' 2,831 m

High

8,030' 2,448 m

Low

Shared By Wheel Rider

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Thrilling northern New Mexico "adventure" singletrack (read: goat path) and primitive logging roads.

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Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

Do not cross the fence into Taos Pueblo Reservation Land.

Description

The route starts from Capulin Road (FSR 10) / Shadow Mountain Road. It can also be accessed from Cauplin Road (FSR 10AA) and the Capulin Road Extension about one mile further up.

The trail follows old logging roads that contour near the boundary with the Taos Pueblo Reservation Land before connecting to a surprisingly fun, if challenging, singletrack that descends to the Devisadero Loop Trail #108.

There are no signs along the logging roads, and signs along the singletrack are few and far between. In particular, about five miles in, the trail disappears almost completely as it descends a hike-a-bike ridge that desperately needs switchbacks. After this section, there is a series of long switchbacks that are easy to follow (once you've reached them).

Although this is an official FS trail, it more resembles a goat track at times. Route-finding skills and a GPS are a must, keep the MTB Project mobile app handy for on-trail navigation. Bear, coyote and rumors of wolves abound.

Many ride this as an out-and-back from the backside of the Devisadero Loop Trail #108.

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Apr 21, 2018
Paul Schilke
More views than the south boundary trail. Crappie transition from 2 track to singletrack for 3/4 mile in the middle. 13mi

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  3.3 from 4 votes

#11

in Taos

#14337

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#11

in Taos

#343

in New Mexico

#14,337

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Charles Clayton
Taos, NM
Charles Clayton   Taos, NM
Some local trail angels just cleared this whole thing of downed trees. Rode it today (4/26/18) and it was a blast! The first half mile or so of single track is surprisingly steep downhill, with twisty turns and hidden switchbacks, so just keep that in mind. After that it mellows out somewhat and, while definitely NOT flowy due to blind spots, rocks and general narrowness, is quite fun. Apr 26, 2018

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