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Level: Beginner
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +164/ -236 ft
Total: 27 riders

Mountain Biking Talpa Traverse

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#6 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#455 in the world

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.

First added by ridefast on Jul 21, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Taos head east on Canon Bypass (go left at Chevron and Visitors Center) head up hill past Taos Youth and Family Center and the Charter School. Just past the school you will see a blue water tower on top of a hill, park under this tower. Climb up hill towards tower, go left through gate. At this point you are on Ojitos Trail an option for coming down off of South Boundary. Climb this old jeep rd over multiple whoops. After approx. 10 whoop look to your right and you will see singletrack descending an arroyo. Take this trail.
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  • lalispeed

    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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  • John Fisch

    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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  • ridefast

    Fun fast trail through the foothills. Great connector to other Taos trails.

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