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Aspen Vista Road

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Steady uphill riding on a dirt road with incredible views of the aspen trees, and of the whole region once you get to the 4 mile mark and of course at the peak! Elevation at start is aprx. 10,000 feet above sea level and ascends to 12,045 seet. Option to descend through ski area on sketchy terrain then down Hyde Park Road a few miles to parking area. I've rated the trail as 'intermediate' because its a road, but the fitness level required is moderate at the least! The descent is fast and at peak times there are a lot of users out there, especially when the leaves are chnging in the fall, so be careful and courteous.
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Latitude
35.777017932108286
Longitude
-105.81018447875976
Trail Directions
Up Hyde Park Road towards the ski area. Aprx. 12 miles up from the intersection of Hyde Park Road and Bishops Lodge Road. Large well marked parking area at 'trailhead' as well as vault toilets and a few picnic benches.
Trail Length
6 miles up, 6 miles down
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Santa Fe
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Jay Drayer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A wonderful ride that proceeds from about 10,000’ and ends at the summit of Santa Fe’s ski basin at around 12,000’. Although there are numerous sections of up to 25-30 yards of rocky climbing, this is a nice steady uphill over lots of easy-riding packed dirt and smooth crushed rock. We rode up during the monsoon (generally afternoon rainy) season on 7/13/2012 which meant there wasn’t any loose sand but no unavoidable mud to speak of either. Incredible views of aspen trees which transitioned into just huge pines at around 11,000’. Although I wouldn’t say this is an overly technical ride, definitely be ready for the thinness of the O2 in the air at these altitudes! Be prepared to hang around at the summit for a while as you’ll love the incredible views! When we headed up the mountain from Santa Fe at 9am, the temp was around 72 and when we got to the base of the Aspen Vista Trail it had dropped to 60. It got successively cooler as we ascended the mountain which was enhanced by the rains around the area. As we descended, a slight rain began to fall. Along our descent, we stopped several times just to listen to the contrast of the forest silence accented by the wonderful sound of the big raindrops falling through the trees and hitting the forest floor. As we were loading our bikes at the trail head, here came a robust rainstorm complete with tiny hail which took the temps down to around 50. We sat on the rear deck of our SUV, watching it rain, and watched as several other riders arrived and proceeded to head-up the trail undaunted by the rain/hail. This is undoubtedly one of our favorite trails in all of the southwest. We saw many more hikers of all ages and only a very few cyclists. Although we failed to do so, definitely take a light slicker if you’re riding in July.



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Review Date
August 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Josh ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is intermediate - nothing super technical, but the climb up is steady and quite the workout. As you get closer to the top, the views are really something. I rode this trail on a rainy summer afternoon - the temps were in the 40's when I was at the summit (was getting toward evening before I started my descent). Recommend bringing a light rain jacket in case of afternoon thunderstorms. Overall, great ride - reminds me of the pacific northwest (which is always a good thing...).

Recommended Route:
Start at the Aspen Vista campground. Bike up to the ski area; then head back.



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Review Date
October 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.29 of 5, 7.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Tom Rael , from Santa Fe

Summary:
Great non-technical climb to the top, but don't just take the boring way back down on the same dirt road like all the rest of the weenies. Check out the ski area map next to the ski patrol shack under the chair lift. Find "Wizard" and use the cat walk ( a trail just left of the map) to hook up on the most vertical decent of your life, Wizard. After a few minutes you feel vertico set in as your equallibrium gets a smashing dose of adrenaline. If you go over the bars it's a tuck and roll situation onto some tall wild grass. Follow the ski run until you hook up with more cat walks. You can't get lost, but this is not a good route for timid riders or those who need trail markers to get by.

Recommended Route:
park at Aspen Vista Trail Head and start your climb up. At the top go right of the ski patrol shack to "Wizard" via the cat walk. Follow cat walks to ski area parking lot and then take the paved road back to Aspen Vista trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Winsor from Nordic Ski Area



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Review Date
August 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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4.89 of 5, 9.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Matt , from Albuquerque

Summary:
Good continuous climb that will take you to above 12k in elevation. Ride down though is fairly quick and linear, and this ride should be done for the views and the challenging climb. The downhill is just average at best...but obviously well appreciated after the climb.

Recommended Route:
Go up, then go down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Start at Bishops lodge, take Windsor up to Aspen Vista...that is the ultimate SFNF challenge!



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