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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,179/1 ft
Total: 72 riders
 

Mountain Biking Winsor (254)

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This is a fun downhill that can be ridden as an out-and-back or as a shuttle. From the Norski trailhead to the bottom is 9.8 miles, making for a quick downhill run or a good cardio workout if you do it as an out-and-back (7,200í at the bottom to 10,307í at the top). The actual trail continues on for miles beyond Norski (bikers can only venture as far as the wilderness boundary), but, from a bikerís perspective, Norski is a good place to start. The top section is singletrack that winds its way down thru single and double-track sections. Ruts, roots and loose rock may be encountered ñ I have to say I was a bit surprised about the poor maintenance at the top of this popular trail ñ but nothing bad enough to seriously detract from the ride. Other than a few rock outcrops and rutted corners there are no significant technical challenges, so this trail can be ridden by anyone comfortable with singletrack, but may not offer enough challenge for some. The last couple miles of the trail crisscross Tesuque Creek many times, so be prepared to get your feet wet. If you want to shuttle, but donít like the long drive from the bottom, you can make the Chamisa Trailhead on Hyde Park Road your destination. Ride down the trail just over five miles to the Chamisa Trail (183), and then climb about two miles out of the canyon to the Chamisa Trailhead on Hyde Road. There are plenty of other variants as well. For additional grist I recommend getting the excellent Santa Fe map of the area made by Sky Terrain (www.skyterrain.com).

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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
The bottom trailhead is accessed by taking Bishops Lodge Road (590) north out of downtown Santa Fe to 72A, and driving to the small parking area at the end of the road. Watch carefully for 72A; it is practically a driveway. The Norski Trailhead is easy to find; just drive up Hyde Park Road till you find a large parking area about a mile short of the Santa Fe Ski Basin.
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  • TK34
    ****

    I go 4 stars with the understanding I save 5 stars for truly epic (example Sedona or Copper Harbor). Very cool experience. Shuttle the Blue Bus up - I can't imagine trekking this trail uphill. This ain't no smooth flow going down, fair amount of rocks but you can still build a rhythm. You'll be surprised how much of a workout 10 miles downhill can be.

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  • Matthew Bonner
    *****

    We dropped in on the trail from Lower Tesuque Creek. Judging on what we rode, this trail is amazing. The flow of that trail is unparalleled as it wanders down into the desert. Just make sure to have some wet chain lube, because there are probably about a dozen creek crossings at the bottom.

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  • VECON Sports   ✓ supporter
    *****

    This trail is a nice reprieve from all the climbing NM has to offer. 9 miles straight down. Stay to the right at every intersection and you cant get lost. Would be nice if one of the shops offered a shuttle on this- otherwise someone has to drive to the bottom and wait. I saw coyotes halfway down and got nervous around the water looking for bears. Came out smiling and in one piece. This is a must do if you like descending. We should have a video up on youtube of this trail innits entirety in a few day. VECON Sports.

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  • *****

    I got to ride this trail as a shuttle on a recent trip to Santa Fe. Three times down as I couldn't get enough! It starts with beautiful high elevation pine and aspen forest and ends with rocky high desert after following a perfect drop in elevation. A must do for sure!

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  • rattler
    ****

    Technical, climbing, multiple stream crossings. Very fun trail. Will ride again when back in the area.

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  • John Fisch   ✓ supporter
    *****

    I have no reservations about giving this wickedly amusing downhill romp a full five stars. If you start from the ski area, you get an extra mile plus of sweet singletrack, but you will have some climbing along the way, making it more than a pure downhill run. From Norski, the upper third is tight and technical, the middle third is open and fast, and the lower third is super twisty and full of creek crossings, but it's all superb! Easily the best trail in the Santa Fe area.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Great trail if ridden down as I did. Could be a serious workout climbing for those not used to altitude. Nothing unrideable there. A variety of loose rocks, roots, many creek crossing etc. looks like I've found my new favorite trail in Santa Fe area.

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  • skelldify
    ****

    Wooo, this trail was a blast! Downhill with pedaling to maintain speed. Not too many rocks, mostly just fast! I was hanging waaay off the back of my XC bike the whole time.

    Been dying to do it again, but it's a long shuttle.

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  • lylevs
    ****

    Fun trail.
    Surprising amount of climbing interspersed with the downhills that keep you working-- with the altitude some of the climbs were lung burners.
    Trail was in good shape for the most part, only a few tricky spots. Could use additional signage for out of town rider's confidence in navigating.

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  • ckdake   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Awesome downhill, rideable on a hard tail (which I did) but probably would be more fun on a full suspension bike. There was a kid out there on a downhill bike and he managed to snap his seat off right in front of me... This trail was a lot of fun and connects up with other trails like Chamisa and (with a mile or so on a road) Aspen Vista.

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  • William_Fox
    *****

    Great overall trail. Great views and well as fun stream crossings. For those not used to the altitude, downhill is great, uphill is challenging

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