Grindstone Lake

4.71 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This mountain trail climbs gradually for the first two miles then drops and traverses the Grindstone Canyon with many small climbs and giving way to lots of downhill. There are lots of switchbacks but they are fun as well. The trail is mostly good soil with only a few rocks and roots to easily contend with. Connect to the fisherman's trail for the last 1.5 miles to return to the parking lot.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (19 total check-ins)
  Sergio Pacheco   on Jul 26, 2019
  micelialessio   on Jun 22, 2019
  sdwill   on Jun 12, 2019
  sdwill   on Jun 8, 2019
  Stevectx   on Nov 27, 2018
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Reviews (7)

Granny Gear

September 10, 2017
Review: Good fun trail with some fairly technical sections. Multiple switchbacks going up hill make the climb easy, with a great flowy downhill back to the parking lot. We did get a little lost once on top, but a forest service guy got us back on track. Well worth the trip from Texas. Trying the spaghetti bowl trails in the morning.

May 22, 2016
Review: Bottom line- almost 19 total miles of really nice singletrack you don't want to miss if you pass thru southern NM. Trails definitely designed for mountain bikers primarily, with hikers and horses also using the system. (Local rider told us IMBA helped design the trails, and it shows). Excellent maps at the trailhead and well marked throughout. Green, blue and black trail sections that are graded about right, although best suited for intermediate and above riders since the green section is pretty short. 7000-8000' altitude. Nice scenery and views of Sierra Blanca, but the trails speak for themselves. Combine this ride with nearby Cedar Creek and you get two days of good riding worthy of a weekend road trip.

September 21, 2015
Review: I'm an intermediate rider and this trail was the most fun I've ever had on a mountain bike. Nice steady uphills that are rewarded with tremendous downhills. It's a nice flowy system that rarely makes you stop for stamina or technical obstacles. I rode 28 miles on this system until my legs could take no more. This is three hours out of the way for me but I will definitely be back.

Granny Gear

May 21, 2015
Pinholster Granny Gear  
Review: A must-ride trail if you are in the Ruidoso area. Great climb going up. Be sure to go all the way to the top by going around the road closed gate after the first 20 minutes of climbing. The entire trail flows really well. Once it flattens out and declines a little, this trail is an absolute blast! Swoopy and fast.


August 26, 2014
Stevectx Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail! Definitely worth the trip out. Relatively easy climb and to the top and then you'll be treated to mountaintop plateau that flows well and is fast. The decent is incredible. Some quick switchbacks but nothing too harsh for the intermediate rider.

Granny Gear

June 7, 2014
Review: This trail is actually a system of 3 trails at the time of this review. The trail around the Lake is about 7.5 miles, the trail going up the Mesa Loop is about 2 miles of constant climbing, and the Mesa Loop is about 3.5 miles of wooded bliss, with some rock outcroppings over on the back-side. I even came across a couple of Caribou on the back -side of the loop. The Mesa Loop is quite flat and an easy ride once you get up there. Getting there is a challenge for the out-of-towner who isn't used to the altitude. It turned into a hike-a-bike going up the connect trail. The local map/signs show another section of the trail system that we didn't find to be built just yet. The Loop around the Lake itself is well described by others here and is quite a bit of fun. You can get back to the parking lot with using the Fisherman's Trail, just stay on the Grindstone Trail and it will get you there. I found lots of horse poop on the Mesa Loop which is disappointing. Why can't they ride elsewhere, or clean up behind themselves?

Bunny Hop

May 27, 2014
Todd Clark Bunny Hop  
Review: The trail is fairly smooth, with some amazing mountain top vistas!. The climbs are fairly steady for the first half. Nothing technical. Once you top out and head down it is fast and fun! There are several sections that warrant caution but are ridable by beginners. Next time we will add the mesa section at the top.

Grindstone Lake MTB Trail 4.71 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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