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Perk Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Cool singletrack rocky uphill bitchin climb of almost 3 miles. Crosses stream about six times.
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Latitude
33.31216783738619
Longitude
-105.6884765625
Trail Directions
Sudderth (48)through town past mecham light into upper canyon circle. Go right on upper canyon road for one mile to Ebarb St. at Storey Book Cabins. Turn right go three blocks to Perk Canyon Rd. Turn left and go about a mile until it dead ends into the trailhead. Park and climb (er ride).
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ruidoso
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: shonzo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If this magnificent trail was closer to my house it would be my favorite. As it is, I made the trip from Albuquerque to Ruidoso with this trail in mind. When I got there the clouds were rolling in with lots of thunder. I thought, no problem I will get wet.... After the first hundred feet, I realized the rain was not going to be the problem, instead it was going to be the long uphill and the lack of oxygen. I think this is my 'Everest', and one of the best trails I have riden in New Mexico

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead and just follow the trail strait up. I guess it may end, but I didn't make it that far.



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Review Date
May 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: PAZ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
THis trail is awsome. It's really cool to ride up it, get a good work out; and then bomb down it and reward yourself. This trail is a pretty tough climb, but the downhill is fluid and eye watering fast. This trail is very clean cut, and sweeps like a snake at a perfect downhill angle when descending. Just be careful to not get too worked up because their some parts just waiting for you to wipe out on. I believe its the best trail I've ridden and I've ridden around 8 or 9 trails in New Mexico.

Recommended Route:
Go up and stop at the really steep climb, about 2.5 miles in. Just follow your way down with the same route. THis trail is short, but really sweet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spagetti bowl at the Ranger station.



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Review Date
May 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Alamogordo, NM

Summary:
This is one of the best trails in this part of NM. Its about 10 miles with good technical stuff and cool views.

Recommended Route:
You can make a good 2-3 hour loop by starting at the Forest Service Ranger Station on Cedar Canyon Rd and getting on a closed 4X4 trail. Park at one of the public parking lots close to the Ranger Station and ride through the parking lot behind the Ranger Station and onto a gravel road. Climb this road for the next mile keeping right and eventually reaching ridge top. The trail continues along the ridge for a couple of miles, becoming a single track with lots of up and downs. You can get off on trail 92 and go down to Cedar Creek and back to the Ranger Station or continue ahead to Perk Canyon. Continue ahead to a place where the trail splits in a dense mixed conifer forest. Take the right fork and follow it around the ridge. You will come to the head of Perk Canyon on your left and start down towards town. The trail becomes very fast with lots of jumps for the last couple of miles. Watch out for hikers on the trail. You will come out on a paved road in Ruidoso and ride back to your car or set a shuttle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kraut Canyon, Ski Area, Spaghetti Bowl, Rim Trail, Lucas Canyou, Bailey Canyon



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Review Date
October 1, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Sworks , from Texas

Summary:
Pretty nice trail, scenic canyon at the start, just a little pushing required to get to the top. Once on top, gets pretty fast and relatively flat. I come out at the ranger station and would recommend caution when chosing this route, last time I rode there was a barb wire gate across the trail(near the end).



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Review Date
September 29, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: tim , from Lubbock, Tx

Summary:
This is a neat climber. Trail is not overly rocky but it requires real stamina to make it all the way. It is in a canyon out of the sunlight. suggest you stop at 2.75 on the odo and head down. Past that it is easy to get lost. When you start back down, be sure to stay on the trail you came up. If you take a sneaky little left and start heading left across the hill, you are about to get lost. It takes two hours to get out from that direction including fence climbing.

Recommended Route:
as shown

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not many trails in the area. go to Bonito lake for others. See Ranger Station



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