Lucky for you, navigation is dead easy on this trail; in fact, there is either a cairn or a CDT marker every 150 feet. The trail starts out a little overgrown, but don't worry. It becomes increasing more defined as you continue. At first the trail climbs and descends through a couple small gullies. There your surroundings are very green and the trail is composed of tacky dirt. However, as you start to descend, the desert quickly takes over, Pinion Pines and red, dusty dirt occupying the landscape.
The trail crosses FS 193 and becomes a smooth roller coaster ride. In the next 10 miles, the trail only manages to descend around 1,000 feet. Even so, the trail's rate of descent remains steady the entire time, allowing for any rider to amass a ridiculous amount of speed.
After meeting with the edge of the mesa, which offers up some amazing views of the surrounding desert, the descent continues, occasionally sporting a brief technical challenge. When you finish the 10 miles of mesa-top riding, the trail throws a final, rocking descent your way. Loose, tight, and technical, it winds its way down the mesa along the easiest way possible. The trail becomes a little exposed, and the cacti start to encroach upon it.
Once you've reached an old water tower you know you're almost done. After less than a mile, you'll reach the trail head along Lobo Canyon Road, a short drive away from Grants.
Make a quick note that during summer the heat might be oppressive. To counteract this, try riding it in fall before the snow flies. If you must ride it in summer, bring a ton of water and a cell phone in case of emergency.
This trail is a great portion of the CDT. It varies wildly from loose and tight trail to forest singletrack to smooth, flowy tread. In addition, the mesa-top views are just as stunning. If you ride it in early summer, there's a good chance that you'll get to see the different cacti along the trail bloom together. It's a truly beautiful sight. Be sure to avoid the cactus along the trail, as a slip up could really hurt. Enjoy!Thank |