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A remote, rugged, beautiful backcountry adventure!


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15.6

Miles

25.1

KM

Singletrack

8,640' 2,634 m

High

7,705' 2,349 m

Low

1,362' 415 m

Up

1,499' 457 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Heavy snowfall during the winter can make access impossible and flooding is possible following monsoon rains in the late summer/early autumn.

Description

If you're in the area, you must add this section of the Continental Divide Trail to your short list. The ride is a remote and rugged backcountry adventure that affords incredible vistas of the northern Black Range.

If you have a capable shuttle, get dropped off at the southern terminus trailhead and ride back to Highway 59. While this option will require a higher clearance vehicle to manage the climb up Silver Mountain Road (FSR #226), this is a glorious way of riding the trail. The first 3.5 miles will be a robust climb onto the ridge line south of Franks Mountain. However, most of the ride from there will consist of fast and flowing downhill singletrack shredding.

Be on the lookout for downed trees during the late fall and winter months, particularly around the Lookout Mountain section of the trail and also look out for large sections of snow on the less-exposed sections of the trail.

Alternatively, you can ride the trail from the northern trailhead off of Highway 59 as this is the easiest way to access this section. You'll see a kiosk and Forest Service latrine. From there, you can expect several miles of climbing broken up by a few descents. The southern terminus of the trail near Lookout Mountain will cross Lookout Mountain Road (FSR #226A) and become a short section of doubletrack before returning to singletrack once again until it intersects Silver Mountain Road (FSR #226).

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Shared By:

Christopher Bare

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#41

in New Mexico

#2,153

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Continuously excellent singletrack.
Nov 27, 2018 near Truth o…, NM
The less exposed sections tend to be covered in a couple inches of snow during the winter months.
Jan 28, 2018 near Truth o…, NM
Coming down the singletrack near the southern terminus of this segment.
Jan 26, 2018 near Truth o…, NM
A few downed trees and nothing epic. Overall an excellent trail.
Nov 27, 2018 near Truth o…, NM
Stunning high altitude vistas pepper the ridgelines of this trail.
Jan 28, 2018 near Truth o…, NM
Trailhead on the south side of the road-look across the road from this to find the trailhead for this loop.
Nov 27, 2018 near Faywood, NM

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