Talpa Traverse

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Downhill both ways (ha) through Pinon and Cedar forest at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos. Ripping fast with some tech thrown in. Early season favorite amongst locals and a great quick ride through most of the year.
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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     (9 total check-ins)
  ~Mountain Bike Addict~   on Nov 17, 2018
  John Fisch   on Sep 21, 2017
  Taosbiker   on Jul 25, 2017
  little bear   on Jun 29, 2017
  stacilynn   on Jun 7, 2017
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Reviews (3)

Granny Gear

September 6, 2015
lalispeed Granny Gear  
Review: Well for me was pretty tough I start at the end ,.I guess that was my mistake the end its super loosy rocks and a though climb. Tje altitude make it very challenging at lease for me...

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October 19, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
Review: 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.

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Granny Gear

July 21, 2009
ridefast Granny Gear  
Review: Fun fast trail through the foothills. Great connector to other Taos trails.

Similar Trail: Horsethief north of Taos.

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Talpa Traverse MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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