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Haystack Mountain ORV Area

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

This is a collection of trails that run from slickrock to loose sand and everything in between. Plenty of technical sections and up and down hills. Tons of fun!
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Latitude
33.62922192061394
Longitude
-104.24300730228424
Trail Directions
25 miles north east of Roswell on Hwy 70. BLM signs mark the parking area.
Trail Length
20-30 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Roswell
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: JerBear007 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been riding these trails pretty heavily for the last year+. First off, these trails were created by motorcycles and eventually made legitimate. There's no real trail map, but you can find all of my segments that make up the trail system on strava. There's not really a smooth route out here for mountain biking. As stated in other reviews, theres a ton of loose rock (worst when trails go straight up and down steep topography), deep sand (mostly when trails are in drainages), occasional slickrock, and even the occasional hard pack. I have a Surly with a fat front and a 2.7 rear that I like to cruise around out here through the sand. I've taken a lot of hard hits out here with unexpected falls, just because the terrain is so rugged. One big problem with the system is that although many trails are posted, there are a lot of places where dirt bikes diverge nowhere and you might follow them to nowhere. In general, monsoon rains drain really well, and after a rain, the sand can be really firm and easiest to ride, but also know that some spots can have some abrupt ruts or deep sand that you might not be expecting. I rate it overall pretty low because the system has so much potential, but is not optimized for mountain bikes.

Recommended Route:
There are several ways to drop down from the parking lot, the easiest (to ride and to follow) one being the west dropin that takes you down a relatively solid and rock-free curve onto slickrock. The east drop in can be really fun, but there are so many random offshoots of it that it's hard to find the route that takes you straight to the main trail. When you drop down, you come on a trail that runs east-west parallel to the escarpment marked 2. Following the markers for trail 2 to the west and north take you on what I consider the easiest portion of the system that is an out and back with a short loop at the end. Trail 2 can be continued from its end west and south via a big wash to trail 3 - if you like sand. Trail 2 can also be continued north into a bigger wash, but be advised you'll be trespassing on State Trust Land. Trail 1 can be accessed from the east end and follows the escarpment north, goes over the Railroad Mountain (dyke), then loops back around west and south through the central basin, which is deep sand. Trail 3 can be accessed from the southwest side of the parking lot (I do not recommend that part) or off of Trail 2. There are several ways to loop Trail 3.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skidmarks at Bottomless Lakes State Park - if you like doing laps around a 2.5 mile hard-packed windy trail.

Next up would be up to Fort Stanton/Ruidoso or down to Carlsbad.



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Review Date
July 16, 2012

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: Taco101 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sandstone rock areas, hardpack single track, sandy washes. There area a couple trails, the 8 Mile is a loop. Leave southwest from the parking area. Has several technical sections and some fun descents. The Chalkboard trail heads north, out and back. It has some fun rolling singletrack and a few tight technical sections. The west trails have most of the sand. I stick to the Chalkboard. (names for a bunch of sandstone at the north end)

Recommended Route:
Ride off the the bluff from the parking area and head north!



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Review Date
May 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scoob , from Clovis, NM

Summary:
At first look; from the parking area, I thought Lee was maybe on something. Sorry Lee. It looked pretty easy and smooth riding. That was, untill I started down. Lots of loose rock, small and large. Big sections of large sliprock, easy to ride on. Then there is the sand, WOW, what a bitch. It looks hardpacked, untill ya get sucked in by it. Not too much climbing, mostly flat and technical. All in all, it's a pretty good ride though. It's a good place to waist a couple of hours. Take plenty of water.

Recommended Route:
Park in the camp area. Bail off the edge and just ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None. Just moved here.



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Review Date
December 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lee , from Roswell

Summary:
Lots of trails are for the advanced rider but great technical skills can be developed here.

Recommended Route:
It has a loop but lots of out and backs are there also
it has some of everything but be carefull!!
Also it would be hard to get lost just climb up the closest hill and look for all the towers from miles away. Good luck riding!



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