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Gilberts Trail

Average Rating:    (4.07 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

"Gilbert's Trail" is a trail of all skills, I'd say. It's mostly all singletrack, with some 4-wheel made trails, here and there. There are so many different trails to take, that I haven't been on all., but I've been on a majority of them. *Some* parts can get fairly technical-being on the sides of mountains and so. It's steady uphill, so the ride back down is a blast. It can get pretty scary with the trails lined with cactus..Crash and you'll be left under the hot desert sun for the rattle snakes and coyotes!
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Latitude
31.80289258670676
Longitude
-106.5673828125
Trail Directions
Get off of I-10 at Resler exit-turn right on Redd, and keep going 'till you hit a dead end. There's a little place to park your car. - Hit the trails!
Trail Length
Unsure
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
El Paso
   


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Review Date
August 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtbikemikel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like most folks have said... a lot of rocks and cactus and if you don't know how to ride rocks, you'll be frustrated and will end up walking and pushing your bike uphill a lot.

The trails not marked and you may end up going in circles but it's hard to get lost with the mountain looming in the background which will help you find your bearing no matter what.

If you like a trail that flows nicely up and down where you get rewarded with some nice flowey downhill for busting your butt to go up.... this probably isn't what you're looking for. Going down on the rocks here was a bit jarring. Not complaining... just saying.

I gave 4's on aerobic and technical... More like 5's for intermediate/inexperienced riders.

Recommended Route:
Can't really say... I just hit it and rode towards the mountain then back.

To get to the trail there's a trail head and parking lot where Redd Rd becomes Northern Pass drive. Enter the trail on the climb by what I believe is a water plant. From there, just follow the trails and have fun.

See the link below... hope it works.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=franklin+hawk+rd+el+paso+tx&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x86e75618e9d09761:0x6d9c161affdad2fb,Franklin+Hawk+Ave,+El+Paso,+TX+79912&gl=us&ei=HhkeUtGBHYa32wWgy4HQAQ&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAA

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just visiting... haven't ridden any others.



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Review Date
April 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
most reviews say it all....i would simply add....90% rock to loose rock. the so -called moab like sections are sharp, jagged limestone, quite a bit different from relatively smooth moab type sandstone. elevation of 4500'-5000' make it a littel hard on sea-level dwellers.
still a great ride with lots of trials.



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Review Date
January 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: glassphisheye ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trails are good and getting better. New trails are popping up all the time. There are now some good freeride trails with ladder drops, teeter totters and wooden bridges to conquer. There are also some great classic trails like tin mine, little moab, spinal tap, Mabery etc. Most trails have a low degree of technical challenge though they are very fun.

Recommended Route:
Negotiator to lower Mabery and over to peak two, then little Moab to Tin Mine.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Utep trails are sick! lots of tech and wooden obstacles. Rough Rider Canyon, Cloudcroft, Dog Canyon, Boozers, Stanton trails.



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Review Date
October 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: blainefree ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I grew up in Denver, CO and recently moved here to El Paso. I was unsure what to expect from a mountain biking standpoint. So far, I am pretty pleased; however, some recent rainstorms in the area have really taken a toll on the trails around El Paso. These Redd Road trails are pretty fun, although the terrain is very inconsistent. Sometimes you are riding in deep gravel, other times on sand, and yet other times you are riding on firm rock staircases almost like Moab, UT. The most fun is obviously the latter and you can find the moab-like conditions toward the top of the trail system close to Trans-mountain road. There are some very challenging and technical single track trails in this area near Transmountain road. If you are on top of your game, you can conquer the trails both uphill and down without dismounting your bike; however, the cacti on both sides of the singletrack can intimidate you pretty easily, because one mistake and you bite it, you are toast in the cactus. I mostly ride by myself and I have to admit there is one part of the trail that I dismount and hike past because there is probably a 30-40% chance I will be in the cacti and I am not having that. Anywhere else in the country it is just another bruised shin or knee but on this trail the stakes are a bit higher. I also rode past a nervous rattle snake on the way down. I thought I blew my tire since it sounded like a big gust of air coming out of my tire. I looked to my rear tire and I saw the snake. The thing about El Paso riding that has most impressed me though is how pretty the desert is. Maybe it is because of the recent rainstorms I mentioned earlier, but the wide variert of desert flowers and cacti make for a truly unique mountain biking environment.

Recommended Route:
Take Redd Road until it ends near Helen of Troy Road. The trailhead is visible at the end of Redd Road. Take the jeep trail up toward transmountain road. After about .50 to .75 miles take a left at the first single track trail you see. Go through the arroyo valley and head up the first mesa. Keep following the trail which is at times single track and other times a jeep trail (double track). Follow up till you see a single track trail on the right going up a little mountain peak. That is where the little system of fun moab like trails are. Enjoy.



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Review Date
February 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Heckler10812 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The Gilberts Trails are Now commonley known as the Redd Road Trails and are just as good as ever, A lot of home building HAS destroyed a lot of the lower trails like the trail to the pumpkin , & Dead Valentines trail ..But a lot of new trails have popped up as well like p2 & pause & reflect along with all the old favorites like Lechugilla Trail , The Worm , Brujos Garden , Mayberry , Etc...If you tried to connect all the trails at redd road it would probabley be a good 20 to 30 mile ride, Needless to say there is still plenty to ride at Redd Road from XC to FREERIDE.......

Recommended Route:
To access the trails exit redd road from Interstate 10 on the west side of el paso , Take redd road toward the mountain range past the high School and past Westwind Keep going on redd road until you see a street on the right named Dakota Ridge , Take a right on Dakota Ridge and follow the street until it ends at the top , Park anywhere in the area at the top of dakota ridge st... You can access the single track from here ....The good thing about the redd road trails is its hard to get lost because the trails sit on the side of the mountain , So in other words you gotta go up to come down , so any trail you take will most likly bring you back to where you started.....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Franklin Mountain State Park , Monks Trails , Arroyo Park, UTEP Trails, The "Outback" , Rough Rider Canyon Freeride Park , Donna Anna Trails , A Mountain , Sierra Vista Trail



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