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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +113/ -63 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Gear Grinder (05630)

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#86 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#5,745 in the world

This trail is so named for its constant switching from sharp, technical inclines to sharp,
technical declines. No matter witch way this trail is traveled, you will be in for a hard
workout or a lot of walking if you skills aren't up to par.

First added by NaVoronda on Sep 17, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Can be reached by Lower Pine (05606), Pinyon (50607), Lone Pine (05826), and/or
Bear Skat (05027).

The Manzanita Mountains Trail System map is free and can be picked up at the
Ranger Station on South 14 or it can be downloaded at the following location:

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Open (on Sep 18, 2012)
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  • skelldify

    This is a gnarly trail and it's great! As soon as you regain composure from one rock garden, another one pops up! I ride it from N to S. This makes for two spots that are definite hike a bike's for 30 feet or so. Seems like the motos avoid it.

    The trail seems to end at some doubletrack the S end, but look to the left and it keeps going parallel to the doubletrack. This can be confusing if you're using the SRD map.

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  • jkacuba

    A great trail in the Tijeras area. Definitely technical, but lots of fun for a short trail.
    The best way to ride it, in my opinion, is to start in the Cedro Peak area and connect through the Cedro Ridge trail and/or FR12 to the Crop Duster trail, which drops you onto the intersection of Gear Grinder and Bear Skat. Crop Duster (05628) is THE BEST trail at Cedro - fast, flowy and fun!

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  • NaVoronda

    This has been the toughest trail I have ever ridden. The constant switching from inclines to declines was frustrating and technically challenging. This has been the only time that I have every felt the need for a Specialized Command or similar type seat post. My technical abilities will have to improve dramatically before I try to tackle this trail again. It didn't help that I did this trail at the end of my run either.

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