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Milk Ranch Loop

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

I just rode this trail 11/6/07 and it's in near perfect condition. It's within the Cibola National Forest so it's heavily wooded with a lot of short rock sections, and beautiful 360 views at the highest point. Milk Ranch Loop is a very sweet and fast cross country single track ride. 715 feet gained in elevation on this ride but with little breaks in just the right places and fast decent back to the trailhead.

The trail isn't marked that well yet but plans are in the works to have this and all the nearby trails and trailheads marked better.

You can buy the guide at High Mesa Bikes(www.highmesabikes.com) in Gallup. Or order the Gallup Waypoints trail guide (www.gallupwaypoints.com) to find very specific directions to the as yet unmarked trial head about 15 miles Southeast of Gallup. Take I-40 East 10 miles from Gallup to exit 33 then head South on Hwy 400 5.2 miles to a small parking area on the right.

The guide is awesome and lists 20 trails and more have been built since this 2006 edtition.

I read the articles in Bike and Mtn. Flyer magazines about Gallup and mountain biking so I went out to check it for myself. I'll be going back my very next chance.
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Latitude
35.42262976362149
Longitude
-108.52020263671875
Trail Length
7.6
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Gallup
State/Territory/Province
NM
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: EnderWigginDA ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am a SoCal rider that rode the loop from the Hilso Trailhead: Purple Haze>Milk Ranch>Quasimoto>Berma Trail (formerly Quaking Aspen Classic) outlined in the Gallup Waypoints book in October 2013. Overall I think I liked this trail more than the sanctioned trails in the Zuni Mountains. What I wanted from these trails was singletrack with lots of trees. The route I took was 17 miles and 1700 ft elevation gain. I rode the loop in the counterclockwise direction and have wondered if giving up the downhill on the Berma Trail would be more fun. If I rode this again, I would probably skip Berma Trail and ride Smoking Handlebars to Quaking Aspen.

Recommended Route:
Purple Haze: This trail is 5 miles and needs work. It is poorly constructed with sections that are in straight fall lines down hills leading to erosion and trenches. Riding outside of the trenches puts you in cactus (sometimes). The trail is bumpy with cow tracks. You could easily skip Purple Haze by riding on the road or suffer through the 5 mile trail. It’s up to you.
Milk Ranch: I liked this trail although I had to rare sections. A little technical in some parts (ascending, not descending). Enjoyed the cave.
Quasimoto: Mix of ups and downs and some nice dry creek riding (be careful in spring?). The junction near Milk ranch has a nice lookout although it’s not 360 degree views like the book says. Only an extra 0.2 miles.
Berma Trail-Whoop-de-doos abound in small and medium sizes although I would prefer table tops. It was fun, but I think Quaking Aspen is better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Desert Trail, Zuni Mountain Trails (sanctioned).



Comments
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
MILK RANCH: had to WALK in rare sections. This is the part that had DRY CREEK RIDING, not Quasimoto.
EnderWigginDA (10/13/2013)
Gosh Dangit!
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Review Date
November 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bakermon ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Milk Ranch Loop is a cross country riders deam come true. Tight turns come up quick just when you start to comfortable. Technical short climbs, narrow track, and a fast decent on the finish leaves you with a big smile.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Plains Trail, Hogback, are ones I rode but there are a least 20 others in close proximity.



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