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Capulin Loop

Intermediate
 3.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great challenging climb with amazing views.


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10.4

Miles

16.7

KM

45%

Singletrack

9,696' 2,955 m

High

7,707' 2,349 m

Low

1,991' 607 m

Up

1,989' 606 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

Challenging, but doable 10.0 mile ride near Taos that includes big climbs, great downhills, and amazing beauty.

Description

Head east on HWY 64 for four miles from Taos. Park at the intersection of Shadow Mountain Road and HWY 64. Climb about 1.5 miles on Shadow Mountain Road (Capulin FSR #10). Stay left at the fork to the Buddhist Retreat Center. After another 100 yards, or so, of climbing, veer left onto an obvious doubletrack, Capulin Road (FSR 10AA).

Climb steeply to a gate. Ride around the left of the gate and continue on the beautiful Capulin Trail #494 doubletrack. Climb another 4.0 miles on this doubletrack, enjoy the big views, and when in doubt, take the path more traveled. You are ready to head downhill after climbing 5.5 miles from HWY 64. Watch for a left option off of the main doubletrack. If you miss it, you'll just hit dead end pretty soon, so it's not a big deal.

Take that left option and enjoy the descent. This long downhill always makes my hands and feet scream! Choose downhill options at intersections and soon you'll pass through the gate and hit Shadow Mountain Road (Capulin FSR #10) again. I hit 44 mph once going down Shadow Mountain Road. Be safe and don't over-cook your brakes.

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Shared By:

David Kriegshauser with improvements by J. Bella

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 7 votes

#5

in Taos

#3325

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Recommended Route Rankings

#5

in Taos

#102

in New Mexico

#3,325

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Near the top of the climb ~ 9500 ft.
Dec 25, 2017 near Taos, NM
Near the top of Capulin Loop. This doubletrack is typical of the whole loop.
Dec 25, 2017 near Taos, NM
Taking a quick water break on our way up to the top. Beautiful tall aspens & nice grassy meadows.
May 28, 2019 near Taos, NM
Great spot for lunch, just shy of the top of the ride, tall aspens & nice meadows.
May 28, 2019 near Taos, NM
About 1/2 way up the climb, great views.
May 28, 2019 near Taos, NM
Parking pull off at Shadow Mountain Road and HWY 64, 4 miles east of El Nogal Trailhead @ Taos.
Dec 25, 2017 near Taos, NM

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Jul 8, 2021
Lisa Krikawa
May 26, 2019
Mitchell Plath
Great conditions, black bear reported @ top of ride the day before. Not seen on our ride. Fun downhill w/ nice bumps to pop over. 8.4mi — 1h 30m
Sep 9, 2018
Jared Trouillot
Great doubletrack trail on an abandoned logging road. Consistent climb and a killer decent with lots of opportunity to jump off water diversion humps 9.4mi