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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 12 riders
 

Mountain Biking Oak Flat

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#179 of 280 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#9737 in the world

There is a huge maze of singletrack, doubletrack, motorized and bike trails here. Not all intersections are marked, and those that are, are a bit confusing as each trail may be marked with a number or a name and there's no real correspondance between the two. I could waste a ton of time trying to give you an exact route, but no matter how detailed the description, it would still be confusing and not altogether helpful. Compounding the difficulty is the occasional trail reroutes and closures. If you're not riding with someone who knows the area, get a map at the ranger station in Tijeras and stop at every trail intersection to verify your location. The trails generally run NW to Pine Flat or N to points along Juan Thomas Road, and can eventually be connnected to the Cedro Peak area for some epic rides. Heading N from the campground, you'll do more descending than climbing, so save some energy for the return.

First added by John Fisch on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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From I-40 East of Albuquerque, head south on 337 through Tijeras. The Falcon Guide says to take a left on Oak Flat Road 7 1/2 miles past the ranger station; my odometer showed it closer to 8 1/2 road. Go just over a mile on Oak Flat Road and pull into the campground area and park. Look for the singletrack heading out from the NE side of the campgrounds.
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Jeff Leslie (on Aug 20, 2017)
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  • rattler
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    good flow with connecting some of these trails together such as Ponderosa and Mahogany.
    Some technical areas.

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  • skelldify
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    I rode this area for the second time today, and there's some really interesting stuff. There's a few nice technical climbs/chunky downhills if you take the right trails.
    It's weird though, because the first time I rode this area, it seemed mostly flowy and flat. I guess you just need to get to know which trails you like.
    The comment in the description about poor signage is no longer accurate. There are a number of un-marked branches, but if you take the obvious route, you'll be staying on the named/numbered trails. The area is pretty dense, so if you get a map at the ranger station, you'll be fine.
    Adding this to my regular rotation!

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  • John Fisch
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    This is a tremendous network of singletrack and ATV trails. Not much of it is technical, but you can really put in some miles and enjoy some fine singletrack amongs the forest roads and doubletrack. The speedy descent along the Mahogany Trail reroute is well worth the effort of finding it. You will, wade through a good bit of doubletrack to get there, though. I certainly wouldn't make this my first ride in the area, but it's a nice change of pace if you're already familiar with Otero and Cedro. You'll also have the place all to yourself most of the time.

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