Rim By Another Way: Big Cardio, Big Downhill
ElevationAscent: 2,373' 723 m
Descent: -2,373' -723 m
High: 9,495' 2,894 m
Low: 7,168' 2,185 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“Multiple options: A big cardio climb with lots of hike-a-bike followed by an exhilarating downhill.”— John Geronimo
This ride is rated difficult for the steepness and looseness in some spots. There are no big rocks or steps or serious exposure. A full-suspension bike, sealant, and being prepared are all essentials for a ride like this.
- Note that all of these trails are open to off-highway motorcycles. Be alert as you ride.
- Keep in mind that the FR93 trailhead is 3,000 feet above Alamogordo and Rim Trail is another 1,500 feet higher. Be prepared for very different weather, including thunderstorms in summer and rain squalls coming over the top.
Head up Alamo Peak Trail #109. Next, you are going to have to gain about a thousand feet in a short distance. Depending on your VO2max, it is going to be mostly hike-a-bike or some hike-a-bike (but it is all great cardio).
The most moderate grade is Pipeline Trail #110 (as mapped), which is mostly road. But you can continue up #109 or even try going up Atkinson Field Trail #111 to mix things up (this option would mean a lot of steep hiking in a chunky stream bed).
At the top, there are numerous options. You can ride in either direction on the Rim Trail (T105), return the way you came, or bomb down the concave Atkinson Field Trail #111.
This particular ride heads north along the Rim Trail (T105) and takes a left on the surprisingly smooth Alamo Lookout Road (FR64D), then down Alamo Peak Trail #109. This is great convex singletrack curving outward along and down the mountainside. This trail is quite steep in spots and a bit loose, but quite doable for the intermediate rider who takes their time on this really impressive singletrack. You'll finish by coasting back down the road and singletrack to the trailhead.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Lincoln National Forest Office