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Sierra de Don Fernando

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice ride from Garcia Park to the high point along the South Boundary Trail.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

10%

Singletrack

10,367' 3,160 m

High

9,891' 3,015 m

Low

530' 161 m

Up

533' 163 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Overview

If you've ridden the South Boundary Trail #164, you may have noticed that despite the awesome riding, there aren't a lot of wide open views along the trail. A short side trip on this loop leads to the summit of Sierra de Don Fernando at the top of an open north-facing meadow barely below treeline. The expansive view is spectacular; you can see the Taos Range including Pueblo Peak, Lake Fork, Sin Nombre, and New Mexico's high point, Wheeler Peak. Touch-Me-Not and Baldy Mountains can be seen to the northeast.

Garcia Park has several dispersed campsites. This route allows a nice 4+ mile ride to the summit of Sierra de Don Fernando and a fun descent along a segment of the SBT.

Description

From Garcia Park, head northwest on Forest Road 437 for about three-quarters of a mile. Just past the cattle guard, look for a couple old trails to the left.

Take the branch to the right onto Forest Service Road #445. Follow 445 for 1.25 miles as it meanders across and up through the forest. When you reach an open, sloped meadow, look for a faded doubletrack to the left, climb this Sierra de Don Fernando Summit Spur to the 10,368 feet summit.

Enjoy the views then continue on the doubletrack as it loops around to the southeast before dropping into the forest and back to the South Boundary Trail #164 back to the start.

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Shared By:

J. Bella

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in Angel Fire

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Garcia Park is green when the aspens are in full foliage during June and July and there are some awesome campsites.
Jun 17, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
September view from Sierra de Don Fernando
Sep 6, 2018 near Angel Fire, NM
The Turquoise Tours shuttle at Garcia Park.  They run shuttles to the South Boundary Trail, with drop off locations at the park and the trailhead on Forest Road 76 south of Angel Fire.
Sep 2, 2018 near Angel Fire, NM

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