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Scenic Trail #796

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Trail

5.0 mile 8.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,001' 610 m
Descent: -158' -48 m
High: 8,198' 2,499 m
Low: 6,332' 1,930 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Christopher Bare

A rugged but scenic backcountry adventure.

Christopher Bare

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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Need to Know

The upper half of the trail was cleared of deadfall and cleaned up in July, 2019. Additional work is planned for the lower section in August, 2019.

Description

This trail connects the town of Kingston to Emory Pass. It can be ridden in either direction or as an out-and-back for the ultimate experience.

The trailhead in Kingston can be found near the old cemetery just off the highway. Park at the old cemetery and head up the highway for a few hundred yards. Look for a sign labeled "796" next to a "Road Closed" gate. Head through the gate and turn left at the cairn and trail sign. Follow the singletrack as it snakes its way up and along the ridgeline above the highway.

The lower half of the trail has a lot of encroaching claw plants, so be prepared to get scraped up a bit. About half way up the trail, it becomes overgrown and fades out in a few areas. Follow the cairns and stay on the ridgeline. The trail essentially runs parallel and above the highway, so the highway should always be on your left (west) when headed up the trail.

Eventually, the trail will end at the Emory Pass parking area next to the Black Range Crest Trail #79 trailhead. From here, turn around and bomb back down to Kingston.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Nov 11, 2019
Christopher Bare
Many downed trees over the upper half of the trail. 4.2mi — 0h 30m
Jul 28, 2019
Christopher Bare
5mi — 1h 23m

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Astonishing views of the Black Range await you should you ride this trail.
Jul 28, 2019 near Faywood, NM

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