La Cueva Canyon Trail #492
ElevationAscent: 1,877' 572 m
Descent: -90' -27 m
High: 10,326' 3,147 m
Low: 8,509' 2,594 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
Current trail conditions
Popular rides nearby
10.4 mi 16.7 km • Loop • 1,991 ft Ascent 606.88 m Ascent
Doubletrack Taos, NM( 6 )
Sierra de Don Fernando
4.6 mi 7.4 km • Loop • 530 ft Ascent 161.48 m Ascent
Singletrack Angel Fire, NM( 1 )
Rift Valley Trail
12.6 mi 20.4 km • Loop • 723 ft Ascent 220.22 m Ascent
Singletrack Ranchos de Taos, NM( 47 )
Big Kahuna Ride
21.1 mi 33.9 km • Loop • 2,527 ft Ascent 770.35 m Ascent
Singletrack Angel Fire, NM( 4 )
Sage to Elliot Barker Loop
16.9 mi 27.3 km • Loop • 2,066 ft Ascent 629.73 m Ascent
Singletrack Angel Fire, NM( 14 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
Biked this trail?
Add details to help others plan their adventure.
“One of the mellower climbs in the Sipapu area.”— John Geronimo
The first section is steep and loose, but at 0.23 miles, the grade moderates. At 0.44 miles, there is a broad and easy switchback. At 0.63, the valley begins; this runs about 1.3 miles.
At 1.2 miles, the open and scenic meadow begins, and there is the remains of a log cabin. This may have been for grazing, but just to the east there is a shallow depression that may have been a mining prospect. At 1.6 miles, there is a shallow gravelly crossing and at 1.9 miles, the meadow ends and the trail begins to climb moderately again.
At 2.1 miles, there is a reasonably easy switchback with a wooden guardrail. The trail climbs steadily but there are minimal rocks compared to Maes Canyon Trail #5. At 2.8 miles, there is a saddle and the old Flechado trick tank, which captures rainwater.
At 3.4 miles, there is another saddle, and the trail begins to contour along the mountainside with a pleasant grade. At 3.8 miles, there is a meadow and at 4.1 miles, the trail joins an old logging road. From here, it is downhill to La Cueva Trail #8.
The area is open from late spring through fall.