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High Altitude Race Course

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

9 miles or so of great single track with some fireroads..screaming downhills..when you come out of the first singletrack section right after the downhill onto a fireroad there will be a gate to your right..go through it and across the Pines Campuground and look for the the start of the singletrack section..there is some constrcution in the area so you have to look for it..but it's there then follow this section alongside Hwy 244 and it'll start going up..when you get to the top you'll be at a fork in the singletrack..go right downhill..and you'll come out at a campground ..take Fireroad 5688 to the left (Upper part) not the lower road..go straight..for a mile or so then you'll come up on Bailey's Canyon..pay attention the start is a little hard to find you'll love Bailey,s Canyon.. 2 miles of screaming singletrack(going down..a real blast..the start of Bailey's is just off of Fireroad 5688..the singletrack is to the left..just before the Pasture..after you completed the downhill then take fireroad 206 to the left and start climbing for 2 miles or so..the altitude will rip your heart and lungs out if your from lower levels..like me..but it's worth it..not for beginners as some of the downhills are fast and technical in spots..
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Latitude
32.84267363195431
Longitude
-105.62255859375
Trail Directions
Take Mescalero St..up hill until you see a recycling Center..go a little further and you'll see a dirt road to the right..looking at a cable tower..the singletrack starts just up the hill to the right..
Trail Length
9.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Cloudcroft
Country
USA
   


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Review Date
May 31, 2010

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: Pawndream ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A series of singletrack, double track, and fireroads that combined together make a fun loop starting and ending in Cloudcroft.

There are large portions of the trail that are unsigned and the day I went (May 2010), the first mile or so (near the large radio antenna on the hill) had lots of downed trees which basically meant that I was hauling my bike over terrain for the first 1/2 hour or so.

I was tempted to abandon the trail, but am glad I did not. It got much better.

Lots of rocky sections, which is pretty much the rule in this area, but nothing really that technical.

There was also no really killer climbs. The worse climb was at the bottom of Bailey Canyon, climbing back up a fireroad to access the Osha trail to get back to Cloudcroft. It was just a long, sun-exposed climb that kind of sucked. The good news is ripping down Bailey Canyon was fun enough to make the climb back up worth it.

All things considered this was a fun little ride through the woods. Probably the crappiest thing about this ride is there were several times where the trail sort of "disappeared" and you had to use your intuition of where it might be. I think this was mainly due to lack of maintenance and being so early in the riding season. I talked to the folks at High Altitude about the trail and they said they encountered the same conditions a week earlier, and that they were going to round up some folks with dirt bike and chainsaws to open it up again.

At any rate, trail condition will get a star decrease from me, and even if it were in primo shape, I still don't think this is a 5-star trail. Most of the time it didn't really feel like I was on a course built with mountain bikes in mind; the flow isn't really there. At several points while I was riding I couldn't wait to get through the current section to see if the next part was going to be any funner.

Good trail. Just not great.

Recommended Route:
Get a map from the folks at High Altitude in Cloudcroft.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rim Trail (T105)



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Review Date
June 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jcatts ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail rocks..singletrack, screaming downhills, lung busting climbs..a real blast,,if your from lower altitudes this will hurt..no air up there..not for beginners as the dowhills can be a little technical and with the high speeds on the downhills.. carnage is probable if your not a good bike rider..

Recommended Route:
see trail descrption..as I posted this trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Osha, Pumphouse Canyon



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