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Taos Vortex

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Trail

15.2 mile 24.4 kilometer point to point
65% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,927' 587 m
Descent: -1,928' -588 m
High: 8,291' 2,527 m
Low: 7,081' 2,158 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by J. Bella

A grueling enduro-techno, rockhopping ride on Taos's best foothill trails.

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Overview

This ride links up some of the funnest technical terrain on Devisadero Peak with the Talpa Traverse's flowing singletrack on a demanding endurance ride that is sure to garner respect and gratitude for these awesome trails.

Need to Know

Variations of this ride can be completed from the center of town by riding down Kit Carson Road (NM Highway 64) or starting at the Ojitos Trail Access parking lot. Bring lots of water, more than you think you'll need if it's a hot summer day.

Description

Start at the El Nogal trailhead, ride north along NM Highway 64 to Forest Road 1 (Piedmont Road), hit the connecing trails to the Devisadero Hotshot Route, down the steep side of the Devisadero Loop Trail #108, up the bottom of the SBT's El Nogal section using the South Boundary Connector #164B to access the Ojitos Trail #166 and the Talpa Traverse Trail.

At the end of the Talpa Traverse ride right onto an ATV road and pop out on Maestas Road, cruise through the neighborhood to Weimer Road, then NM Highway 585 and 64 back to the trailhead.

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Devisadero Loop Trail.
Apr 14, 2016 near Taos, NM
Typical terrain you'll find along the Talpa Traverse.
Aug 28, 2019 near Ranchos…, NM
Looking up at the Devisadero Trail from the beginning *or end* of the Capulin/North Boundary trail.
Apr 14, 2016 near Taos, NM
Some of the lightly technical terrain on the Devisadero trails.
Jul 6, 2019 near Taos, NM
The Stone Thrones on Devisadero Peak.
Apr 14, 2016 near Taos, NM
Devisadero ~ Upper trail, south side descent
Jul 31, 2018 near Taos, NM

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