Pajarito Canyon

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Either way, this trail has a brutal climb, made all the moreso by the 2011 fire. The subsequent erosion after the fire has made it even tougher. It's a simple loop with a couple side trail options. Some of the climb (either way) is unclimbable, so be prepared to hike a bit. The best route is todo the standard CCW route, then head back north on the road up toward the ski area and connect to the doubletrack that will take you back down the unclimbable climb, so you get a way cool, technical downhill. This is all easy to understand if you get the "Santa Fe, Bandelier, Los Alamos" map from Sky Terrain trail maps.
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  • Winter Fat Biking
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August 10, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
Review: This will be one of the toughest 4-mile stretches you will ever do, but it's unique, interesting, and worth the effort. Going CCW, you will climb the nail trail, where fire and erosion has uncovered bedrock, giving you plenty of ledges on which to test both your legs and lungs. If you do a route that brings you back down here, you'll get a very fun downhill, especially if you're an advanced rider and/or have a long travel bike. Coing CCW, you'll descend through Pajarito canyon (make sure you don't miss the left turn as you gain the ridge) and enjoy some great features and interesting topography. The drawback comes from the changes brought about by the devastating 2011 wildfire. The woods have lost much of their beauty and ensuing erosion has really taken its toll, littering the trail with loose rock and harsh ruts. Much of the trail is soft and sandy and hard to ride. The native trees have been replaced along much of the route with thorny bushes. Things that were rideable are no more. Even so, this is a good ride if you're in the area. Before the fire it was a 4 star ride for sure, now, it's more like two and a half. With time and maybe a little rerouting, this may become a great trail once more.

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Pajarito Canyon MTB Trail 3.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.
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