Greenie Peak and Back
ElevationAscent: 5,280' 1,609 m
Descent: -5,281' -1,610 m
High: 11,141' 3,396 m
Low: 8,654' 2,638 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“This is a grueling ride with tremendous payoff that's more than worth it.”— DeArmond lopez
This route also has excellent opportunities for bikepacking because the area is so remote and is all National Forest. You could potentially bikepack from this trail then transfer over to the Valle Vidal for an even more remote bikepacking adventure.
Don't go right towards Greenie Peak because the road is extremely steep, rough, not well marked, and generally not a pleasant ride. Only descend in that area.
From Sawmill Pass, descend going west on FS Sawmill Road #597 towards Cabresto Creek for four miles. Take in some of the vistas of the Questa area while descending. Once at the bottom of the road, head east on FS Cabresto Canyon Road #134 for 7.35 miles to reach the Greenie Peak turnoff on FS Road #54. You can continue going east to explore the Midnight Meadows area before ascending Greenie Peak. The next mile consists of steep and rough climbing to reach Greenie Peak on FS Greenie Peak Road #54D. The elevation is very high in this area so just pace yourself.
Once at the peak, relax knowing you are a complete beast for climbing to the top of New Mexico's highest pass. Descend from the road you came up on (FS Greenie Peak Road #54D) or the road just south of Greenie Peak (FS Road #54H).
The final descent from Greenie Peak to Sawmill Pass can be very steep, rough, and easy to get lost. Take your time navigating the roads so you don't descend too early before Sawmill Pass (keep your eye on the MTB Project mobile app or a GPS unit). Once at Sawmill Pass, go back on FS Sawmill Road #597 to Red River to conclude the ride.
Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest
Jun 18, 2019: Gurule Fire Update-June 19, 2019
Jun 18, 2019: Incendio de Gurule, 19 de junio de 2019