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Bear Mountain Mayhem

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 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A savage backcountry exploration.


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Map Key

27.4

Miles

44.0

KM

30%

Singletrack

7,101' 2,164 m

High

5,907' 1,801 m

Low

2,867' 874 m

Up

2,866' 874 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

A rugged combination of singletrack, paved, and doubletrack climbing and descending that takes you over both the southern and northern slopes of the Bear Mountain Range.

Need to Know

There will be limited access to water and no logistical support once you hit the singletrack. Make sure you pack extra water and equipment.

Description

This is an ultimate exploration of the Bear Mountain area and surrounding trails. It can be seen as the Taco Tuesday loop on steroids.

Begin this ride at the bike shop or another suitable meet-up location in Silver City. Make your way to Cottage San Road and follow it to where the pavement ends and Bear Mountain Road begins. At this point, you'll encounter the first major climb of this ride, that consists of several miles of sustained climbing up the road. This will be followed by a steep, sustained descent that is met by a final steep climb that ends on LS Mesa.

Once the climb flattens out on the mesa, take a right turn onto FR 172 (Proposed CDT: Doug's Gate to LS Mesa). A small rocky cairn marks the road and if you make it to the LS Mesa fire station, you have gone too far and missed the turn.

From here, follow FR 172 up for a bit until you see a Continental Divide Trail marker (CDT). Turn right onto the singletrack and be prepared for a technical, sustained climb over the northern slopes of the CDT. The first mile or so is a gradual climb out of the mesa through a couple of meadows that will quickly give way to a series of tight switchbacks followed by steep, sustained climbing. After summiting the climbing section, you'll be met with a steep, rocky, slick, technical descending section. Use caution as you descend, as this section of the ride is truly technical and very rugged.

After completing the descent, take a minute to rest at the pullout where the CDT crosses Walnut Creek Road. Continue along the CDT and enjoy a section of climbing that is tame compared to the Bear Mountain singletrack. You'll pass through two green Forest Service gates and eventually arrive at the Divide Access Trail.

Turn right onto the access trail and head up. At the top of the climb, take another right to get onto the Mountain Loop Trail to enjoy a fast and technical downhill section that ends at Little Walnut Road.

After hitting the road, you need only to enjoy a mostly downhill road ride back into Silver City. Congratulations, you have successfully completed the Mountain Mayhem loop!

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Shared By:

Christopher Bare

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#2

in Silver City

#2096

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#2

in Silver City

#51

in New Mexico

#2,096

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Photos

Attempting to head back to Little Walnut before heavy monsoon rains hit the area.
Sep 1, 2016 near Silver…, NM
The group prepares to tackle the Bear Mountain climb.
Mar 13, 2017 near Silver…, NM
Fat tires, slick trails, and a long day in the saddle.
May 14, 2018 near Silver…, NM
Thor, letting loose as the terrain heads down!
May 14, 2018 near Silver…, NM
After a savage climb up Bear Mountain Road, the group transitions to the singletrack and pushes toward the crux of this ride!
May 14, 2018 near Silver…, NM
On the Continental Divide trail with Bear Mountain in the background.
Jun 22, 2015 near Silver…, NM

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Dec 5, 2020
Nathan Marquard
This one's no joke! Bear Mtn Rd is a hell of a climb and one terrifying descent. CDT was a little hard to find and very technical flanking Bear Mtn 28mi — 3h 30m