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Mondragon Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Challenging climb, outstanding views, and a super fun downhill!


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15.0

Miles

24.2

KM

15%

Singletrack

10,291' 3,137 m

High

8,037' 2,450 m

Low

2,428' 740 m

Up

2,430' 741 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

Easily accessible from Taos, climb is challenging but manageable, hooks up with South Boundary Trail #164 for a little bit at the top, then a really really fun downhill on FS Trail #660A back to the parking area.

Need to Know

This is a pretty isolated territory. Ride with a friend or tell someone where you are going. It may be weeks before anyone travels this trail again.

Description

Mondragon Loop is one of my all-time favorite rides. It's about 85% abandoned logging road (nearly singletrack) and 15% singletrack along the South Boundary Trail #164. Head up HWY 64 from Taos towards Angle Fire for seven miles from El Nogal Trailhead. Watch for a small sign that points out "Mondragon Trail #660" on the right (south) side of the road. Park across the road from this sign where there is ample space.

Following the trail is fairly straightforward. When in doubt, take the path more traveled. There is a junction at the 1.5-mile point. Head left. You'll come down the right fork and hit this junction again on your way down 11 miles from now. Climb and climb and climb until you reach a crest at the six-mile point. Veer left for a short downhill of 1/2 mile. At the next intersection, veer right (uphill) on a well established doubletrack.

Continue climbing for a mile until reaching what appears to be a dead end. Proceed in the same direction into thick forest on FS Road 445/OHV path for just about 1/3 mile and you'll reach the South Boundary Trail #164. Turn right (west) on South Boundary Trail #164 and follow it 1.5 miles, watching carefully for a trail forking off to the right onto FS Trail #660A and marked by an unnaturally placed log. It's a no-brainer downhill from here.

After about three miles, you'll reach a familiar intersection - that one from 11 miles ago! Go left (downhill). You'll be done in 1.5 more wonderful miles.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Kriegshauser with improvements by Shari Heier

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 7 votes

#2847

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Three more miles to the top of the climb.
Dec 24, 2017 near Ranchos…, NM
Thick forest is the norm on Mondragon Loop. Love this land!
Dec 24, 2017 near Angel Fire, NM
Trail 660, AKA Mondragon Trail.
Sep 3, 2015 near Angel Fire, NM
The South Boundary Trail part of the Mondragon Loop.
Dec 25, 2017 near Ranchos…, NM

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Jun 16, 2019
Scott Edwards
15mi — 2h 30m
May 2, 2018
Joseph Zubia
Relentless climbing until a long, mostly bumpy down hill. Still super though! 15.1mi