|Saturday - August
Level: Novice - Kids are welcome
I'm leading this ride for Dennis Mirabal, a friend of mine who is teaching a beginning mountain bike class. I don't lead novice rides very often, so this is your big chance if you've been waiting for an easy ride.
This will be an out and back ride on smooth easy single track (trail).
The trail is 6.9 miles round trip. We will have two leaders and you can turn back at any point, if you choose. Additional options are available for anyone wanting to continue after the ride.
Location: Sandia Mountains: This ride will be start at the Barro Trailhead and follow the following trails: Bill Spring Tr., Oso Corredor Tr., Lower Tree Spring Tr., Challenge Tr., 10K Tr., Ellis Tr.. The return loop will be on 10K South Tr., Tree Spring Tr. (or Challenge Tr. if we run short of time), Oso Corredor Tr., Bill Spring Tr.. If there is extra time we could take Faulty Tr. to Wolf Spring Tr. and return on the new Lower Faulty Tr. back to Barro.
Distance: 15-20 miles
Level: Advanced - There are some technical sections and lot's of climbing.
Fe National Forest is scheduled to reopen 7/2 - Let's ride!!!
will be riding 7/9 - 7/13. If you want to join me on any of
days contact me.
(expect an all day ride unless you want to return early on your own)
Jemez Mountains - Holiday
- Stable Mesa 'Mission
You will drop via switchbacks into the canyon between the two points where you must travel on fast single track down the canyon, where you will reach this point with a view of your destination from below.
Remember. It is critical to the success of your mission, that you wear a big grin at all times.
In order to get out of the canyon you will be required to ride this single track for a few miles.
Be forewarned, all recollection of the excuses you had for not coming on this ride will disipate once the ride has begun. There will be no turning back.
|Once you have completed this part
of your mission and made it to the end point of the mesa, you will be
given this view of the first mesa.
Your mountain biking horizons will have been expanded. You must then endure more single track to return to the point of embarkment.
|Here are the team members in
addition to your intrepid leader who have commited to the mission so
far. This is a dangerous mission and we need all the help we can
get to enjoy it fully. Are you up to the challange?
|Plus a couple of
maybe's. If you didn't make the line-up, just show up anyway.
Sunday, July/11/04 9:00am
Meeting Location: FR604/606 Map If you need more maps look under Trailhead Maps on the home page.
Get on604 and stay on it until you come to a corral on the right.
Distance ~10 miles
Technical Level: Easy
|Meet Forest. He's been
riding about a year and is making great progress. He's worked his
way up to a novice level now and is really enjoying mountain
biking. When you learn more of his history you will find out why
this is very impresive. Forest's enthusiasm has prompted me
to lead another special ride for him. This ride will be
easy and we'll stop for breaks as needed. Forest has tried
to get some others to join him, but hasn't had any responses
yet. This is you chance to get out for a great ride in beautiful
scenery. You also get the bonus of having an inductee in the
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame as a leader to offer tips and
pointers. If 10 miles is to far for you, we can swing back to the
start part way throuh the ride. If it's not enough, we can
add some more after.
The areas I plan on riding later this summer may not have easy riding available, so don't miss out; join us for this one.
A couple more will be joining us.
Well be riding through areas like this.
using an ATV and a
chainsaw has turned some
sections into roads, cutting logs over 2' in dia.
If you see this kind of activity, report it to the Jemez Ranger District. (or the district in which it has occurred)
Don't wait until the great stuff is gone. 'Next week' may be to late
The fire danger is EXTREME!!! There is a fire ban in effect at this time.
No fires or characol grills. Stoves ok. No chainsaws. No fireworks of any kind.
All motorized vehicles restricted to roads only.
Do not park or stop off of the road unless it is clear of vegetation.
No smoking. Help prevent forest fires.
Do not leave jugs of water where the sun can shine thru them and start a fire. They can act as a magnifing glass.
want to see them continue, you will have to let me know you are
serious about it. If there is enough response, I will lead them
on a limited basis. I love to
share this great sport at any level even if it's just with one other
person, but it takes a considerable investment of time and effort
to put these rides together. If the interest isn't there, I
can't afford to take time away from my exploratory and development
rides and effort on future volumes of the trail guides. If you
them, get your friends together and let me know. It's up to you.
On the Mesas from 376 (Rio Guadalupe) above the Gilman Tunnels
Stable Canyon - Cebollita Canyon
~20 miles 1500-2000ft More Info
This ride takes you on some great single track thru these canyons. It climbs for 7 mile- some gradual, some not. The rest is downhill. This has some totally awesome single track, much is buff, also some great technical sections.
Saturday's (5/15) ride was great! Nine of us and did the trip and all had a blast. The weather was perfect and we had a well matched group.
Click here for some photos.
You can see Brian C.'s pictures and comments at http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=24671
This canyon ran like this for quite a way.. Pure joy !!!
Virgin Mesa Rim
Saturday: 5/15/04 9:30 am R.S.V.P.
Start at FR604/607 (click for map)
Distance: 20-25 miles - mostly single track
We'll go thru some really cool areas following the rim of Virgin Mesa.
Don't miss the photos for this ride. click here
I'm going up Friday. I will not be able to read your email after I've left. Please call my wife so I can get any messages from her. 294-3368_______________________________________________________
Sunday: 5/16/04 9:30 am R.S.V.P.
Start at FR604/607 - tenative
Level: Novice - Intermediate
To be announced: about 10 miles
Mostly single track
We can have the ride swing by the start point part way thru if some want a shorter ride or add an extra bit on the end if some want more.
This will be an easy ride without much elevation change. Leisurely pace.
Check back in a few days for more details and photos.
In order for these rides to continue, I need a good response. Don't hesitate. Come on out and enjoy some incredible mountain biking. The first few people to respond will influence my choice for the ride if I haven't picked one yet.
If there's a good response, we may be able to set up car pooling.
5/1/04 9:30 am R.S.V.P.
Start at FR604/607
We'll start this seasons Jemez rides with a relatively easy one from Volume 1.
It's a fun ride with a mix of single track and primitive roads. It follows the rims of some figure mesas with cool view into the canyons.
16.1 miles 1080 ft. elevation gain
There will be an optional ride after this one for those wanting more miles.
click for more info and photos
Sunday: 5/2/04 9:30 am R.S.V.P.
Start at FR604/607
to be determined
You can take a chance and just show up at the start, but I can't guarantee there won't be last minute changes. I would prefer you contact me to let me know you are planning to come, so I can keep you informed. I usually go up Thursday or Friday, but check back by cell. Leave a message on my answering phone if you don't reach my wife. (505) 294-3368 Emails will not be answered after I've left.
bike rides in the Jemez Mountains of north
New Mexico - Fall 2003
Typically the Saturday rides will be 20-30 miles
And the Sunday rides will be 10-15 miles
I usually go Friday thru Monday, so if you can join me on either of those days that is an option also.
If you have a group of 6 riders or more, and you want an easier or harder ride, I will be happy to lead a special ride for you.
Come for a day or camp over. There is no charge for these rides.
If there is a group they usually meet at the parking lot at Bernillilo and I-25 to car pool. Call or email to verify.
put yourself in the picture.
The aspens started turning mid September and they willl get even more spectacular!
This is the best time of year to ride. Don't put it off.
Holiday Mesa End to End This ride will start at the top of the mesas at FR604/607 and take us all the way to the south end overlooking the Tunnels above Gilman. This route is mostly single track. Expect incredible wiews and great riding. This ride is 35miles long with about 1400' of climb. The days are getting shorter so we'll have to hold a descent pace, therefore this is a ride for advanced riders only.
MEET: FR604/607 Saturday 9:00am Click for map
Cruise thru the aspens on great single track. The primary objective for this ride will be to get pictures of you riding thru the fall colors. Come out on this ride and you'll receive a high resolution image of yourself to use for you computer background. The pace will be leisurely. See The Mesas - Fall Colors The photos with aspens will give you an idea of what this ride will be like.
MEET: FR604/607 Sunday 10:00am Click for map
October 25 Velo
Swap (bike swap
in Colorado) Some are going. Inquiry for details.
Oct. 31- Nov. 1 (30-2) Rides starting from the Rio Guadalupe and climbing up on to the mesas.
November 15-16 (14-17) Rides starting from the Rio Guadalupe and climbing up on to the mesas.
All of the these
rides will be in the area between FR376
and Virgin Mesa rim. (west of Jemez Springs)
These rides will be mostly single track.
See the Photo Gallery - Summer 2003 for photos typical of these rides.
Some of the
upcoming rides will include:
Porter to Virgin Mesa Overlook
Virgin Mesa Rim
Holiday Mesa end to end (overlooks the tunnels)
Single track along the Rio de las Vacas
Winter rides to
Caja del Rio
X-C Ski trips to the Jemez - Send me an email to get on the list for these trips.
On the weekends
between these dates, I ride the Sandia
or Cedro areas. These
rides are usually Sunday afternoons, leaving at noon - typically 6 hours of steady
riding. You may join me for any of these.
Check back for future ride details.
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the mailing list
and would like to be notified of future trips, send me an email to get
on the list.
I don't always get this page updated regularly.
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