October 19, 2012
This is a delightful spin, bobbing and weaving in and out of the junipers.
There are two ways to get to the ST from the parking lot. For the traditional way, leave the parking lot and turn left on the highway, then turn left again on 585. Climb the hill and look for a dirt road on the left leading up to a water tower. Climb to the tower, then veer left around the tower then right. Go by the "no vehicles" sign then start counting berms. After 10-13 berms (depending on what you count as a berm, some are small) look for the ST on the right--it's easy to miss so look sharp.
2. From the parking lot, start up the South Boundary trail. This will be a steep, tough climb. When the SBT makes a hard switchback left (east) keep going straight. The trail will drop sharply and meet the other route past the water tower. The climb here will be harsh, but it's the all ST option; no highway or dirt road.
Once on the singletrack, it's a fun journey on the bench above town. There are a few rock gardens but nothing treacherous--this is a classic intermediate trail. Once the ST ends, yu can retrace your steps or take city streets back to the start.
This is a good add on on to Ojitos or South Boundary if you've still got the energy for additional miles.