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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +2,581/2 ft
Total: 14 riders
 

Mountain Biking Devisadero Loop (108)

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#287 of 294 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#8333 in the world

This is a short, 5.7 mile, lollipop loop close to the town of Taos that offers some steep but fun singletrack. While somewhat technical, with a few rock steps and some loose rock, it isnít extreme; the biggest challenge is the steep climb. The climb out of the trailhead (at about 7,160í) is steep enough that I felt it required more heartbeats than I was willing to commit ñ I walked much of it. Once you get to the intersection of the loop it gets easier and pedaling isnít too hard, but it is still difficult in places. I canít say whether it is better to go clockwise our counter-clockwise around the loop; I lean toward going clockwise. Riding clockwise, the trail works its way thru the cedar and pine to a nice overlook, then to the north side of the hill there is a short section of fun singletrack thru thicker forest, and then you continue climbing to the top of Devisadero Peak (8,304í) where you can recline and relax in easy chairs cleverly constructed from slabs of rock. From there it is a fast ride down sharp switchbacks to the fork, and then back down to the trailhead.

The Capulin Trail connects at the eastern corner of the loop ñ if you want to add a lot more miles then continue on up the Capulin till you run out of gas or end up coming back down Capulin Canyon.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
The trailhead is on highway 64, just after the road enters the canyon, by the "Welcome to Taos" sign. Look for the obvious large parking area.
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  • trillionfox
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    Great trail. Steep ascent early on then it levels out. Stay left at the devisidaro (108) loop sign for a even climb and a screaming DH ride!

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  • John Fisch
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    This trail is nothing less than brutal. The 3.8 miles from trailhead to summit is among the most difficult I've ridden. The combination of sustained grade, ledges and other techy bits, and altitude combine for a lung-searing and leg-thrashing climb. Once on top, take a moment to chill in one of the man-made rock chairs (more comfortable than it sounds). Then get ready for a rockin' descent. There are plenty of small to medium drops, roots, and rock gardens, but nothing too treacherous. The biggest challenge will be a few very tight, steep switchbacks. Is the descent worth the work to get up? That depends on how wide your masochistic streak is. I thought it was definitely worth it once, but probably wouldn't make a habit of it.

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  • dfstrong
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    This trail starts off by obliterating your lungs n ' legs right of the put-in. Props if you can go without walkin' your bike on anything less than granny gears! After finally reaching the summit, there is your reward as well as the literally rockin' downhill home.

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