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A fun mix of singletrack/fire roads, providing the best of what Cloudcroft has to offer.

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13.6

Miles

21.8

KM

75%

Singletrack

8,863' 2,701 m

High

7,697' 2,346 m

Low

2,042' 622 m

Up

2,047' 624 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This is a great mix of challenging climbs, wicked fast downhills, rocks, roots, and beautiful views.

Description

Starting from the High Altitude Bike Shop, take Burro Avenue east then head north on Mescalero. Pass the town dump to enter the singletrack on the right. You'll see a wooden sign with an arrow marking the trailhead.

Follow moderate singletrack to Pines Campground. Follow more singletrack to the junction of FR-206C and FR - 568. Head north on 568. You'll then cross over two cattleguards. Shortly after the second cattleguard will be the entrance to Bailey Canyon on the left for a long descent. If you reach a wide open meadow you have gone too far as the singletrack can be hard to spot if you aren't looking for it.

You'll know the descent is complete when you go over a sizeable bump and intersect with the forest road. Take a hard left here to head East for a sustained climb on FR-206C. You'll cross a cattleguard near the top of the climb at which point you'll veer right to follow more singletrack. You'll eventually come to a split in the trail at which point you should veer right. Do not follow the fenceline. Continue to follow this climb until you reach T568A and take that all the way back to the village.

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The smoothest track I have ridden in Cloudcroft.
Jul 7, 2015 near La Luz, NM
The smooth singletrack at the top of Baily Canyon, around 8,500 feet.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
The turnoff into Bailey Canyon. Entrace is framed by logs.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Downhill portion of trail, after turning off 568.
Jun 29, 2020 near La Luz, NM
The metal gate you'll need to pass through just before the entrance to Bailey Canyon.
Aug 23, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Bailey Canyon.
Jul 18, 2022 near La Luz, NM

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