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Mondragon Loop

 3.0 (5)

15.1 Miles 24.4 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

2,387' 728 m

Ascent

-2,387' -728 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

10,210' 3,112 m

High

8,033' 2,449 m

Low

Shared By David Kriegshauser

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

David Kriegshauser

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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.

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May 2, 2018
Joseph Zubia
Relentless climbing until a long, mostly bumpy down hill. Still super though! 15.1mi

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  3.0 from 5 votes

#5

in Taos

#2951

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I truly don't wish to insult the rider who mapped this, since each to their own, but if you like to ride actual trails, you'll probably think this ride sucks. The forest is absolutely beautiful, but that's the only redeeming feature. The climb is a monotonous slog and the descent is only slightly better. I blame myself for not realizing that old Forest Roads were going to make this ride incredibly boring. Regardless of how much grass has grown over these roads they are not trails, they are every bit of the tediousness you expect from riding an old road. No fun turns, no fun technical bits, just rattling over rocks that end up slamming into your downtube for miles. This ride is for the dirt roadie who likes to log a bunch of miles while thinking about something else. I'm super sad I wasted my Memorial Day on this ride. Perhaps it's a joke, written by a local in an attempt to keep visitors off the good singletrack. I'm here to warn other visitors: skip this ride for sure. May 28, 2018

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