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.
Jemez Mountains - Holiday Mesa - Stable Mesa 'Mission Incredible'
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 dissipate 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.
Warning! This opportunity will self destruct in 4 days.
|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 impressive. 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 through the ride. If it's not enough, we can add some more after.
Well be riding through areas like this.
Someone using an ATV and a chainsaw has turned some single track 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 magnifying glass.
If you 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 want 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
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
Start at FR604/607
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.
|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
Start at FR604/607
Mountain bike rides in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico
Typically the Saturday rides will be 20-30 miles
And the Sunday rides will be 10-15 miles
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.
Come and 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.
The last trip was great. Sorry no one else was able to join me. The trials riders were awesome. It was fun and impressive watching them. I got rained on a little Friday, but the other days made up for it. The fall colors were spectacular and should be even better this week. See the pictures in the Photo Gallery under The Mesas - Fall Colors
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.
If you're not on 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.
Offer to out of state riders: Would you like to plan a mountain bike vacation in Enchanted New Mexico? Contact me if you would like to put a trip together. I may be able to work it into my schedule. There is no fee for this.
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