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A diverse section of the Continental Divide Trail that takes you from the arid desert to alpine bliss.


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Map Key

24.4

Miles

39.3

KM

Singletrack

9,693' 2,955 m

High

6,903' 2,104 m

Low

934' 285 m

Up

3,488' 1,063 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Need to Know

While it's more fun (read: downhill) to start at Forest Road 110 and head south, the easiest access for this section is from HWY 64 just northwest of Ghost Ranch, which makes a hearty out-and-back.

Also ridden as the last-leg of a 2 to 4 day trek from the Cumbres Pass to HWY 64.

Description

Starting from HWY 64, the trail climbs steeply up a 2-track before gaining a high bench valley above Ghost Ranch. After around 3 miles, it descends into a cool, suspiciously lush creek bottom where the route pinches down to more of a singletrack experience as it follow the canyon bottom north west, making multiple creek crossings (some with water).

At around 7 miles from HWY 64, you'll hit the new singletrack tread dug in by a crews of volunteers intent on getting the CDT off the roads and into the flow. This is where the fun really begins.

The trail winds through forests and open meadows, obtaining Magote Ridge before traversing north to Forest Road 110.

Turn around and descend the 2,500 feet back to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

TMBA Taos Mountain Bike Assoc…

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Trail Rankings

#423

in New Mexico

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Photos

Bikepacking the CDT
Oct 18, 2022 near Tierra…, NM
One of many muddy stream crossings on last quarter of 100 mile segment. This one was unrideable.
Aug 10, 2022 near Tierra…, NM
Sections have turned into singletrack.
Nov 4, 2016 near Tierra…, NM
The first hill.
Nov 4, 2016 near Tierra…, NM
Heading east.
Nov 4, 2016 near Tierra…, NM

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