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Pinion Mesa Trails

Average Rating:    (3.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Fast singletrack,sandy and technical in spots.Very challenging even for the expert.The potential of harm to body and bike as well as getting lost is high so riding with a local rider is recommended.For info and maps Cottonwood Cycles(505-326-0429),Havens Bikes (505-327-1727)and in Durango,CO Mountain Bike Specialists(970-247-4066).900'altitude gain.
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Latitude
36.76859225206268
Longitude
-108.23884963989258
Trail Directions
Park at the Circle S Store on the corner of State Road 170 and 30th st.Ride north along highway 0.7 mile where a large cottonwood tree grows near a gate on the left side of the road;Climb fence and follow dirt road west. Singletrack starts 3/4 mile.
Trail Length
10-20
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Farmington
   


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Review Date
July 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Joseph Sawyer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail has also been dubbed the Cat Box trail because it is so sandy and about as fun as playing in a well used cat box - There are several routes and it is a good idea to have a map because the oilfield development constantly changes the lay of the land.
There are many dirt bikes and orv's on the trail which is in part the reason it is so sandy -
There are also some areas where the locals dump used appliances and furniture the shoot at it with all manner of firearms - a true San Juan County experience!
If you like the smell of two cycle mix, the sound of gunfire and the feel of tire sucking sand then park at the cottonwood and get after it!

Recommended Route:
Anywhere you can avoid getting run over or shot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the ALien!



Comments
keithrad (01/28/2012)
"If you like the smell of two cycle mix, the sound of gunfire and the feel of tire sucking sand then park at the cottonwood and get after it!"

LMFAO!!!!!
SERIOUSLY, BEER CAME OUT MY NOSTRILS
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Review Date
June 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Summary:
If you do the route I just mentioned the uphill will be boring but very scenic, and the downhill will be phenomenal. The downhill will consist of Dan's, Valley of the Dalls, and the beginning of Painful Visions. It is entirely singletrack and a ton of fun.
This route is very short and sweet (about 5.5 miles) but it is a great way to avoid the sand bullsh$t. 5 tires for the downhill section.

Recommended Route:
Just found a better route. Park at the crossing of the main work road that gets you up on the mesa and the "painful visions" trail. Then ride up the dirt road 2.5 miles untill you see the Dan's Driveway crossing with an oil well on your right. Turn onto Dan's just above the gas well to start the downhill. This part is great. There is one really cool part with a 3 foot vertical dropoff just after a "danger" sign. The trail merges into "valley of the dalls" and continues along a very cool ridge. Great singletrack and great views. Finally the trail takes a hard right onto "painfull visions" and has a very steep hill that will take you back to your car.
This route is very short and sweet (about 5.5 miles) but it is a great way to avoid the sand bullshit. 5 tires for the downhill section.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
road apple and alien run



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Review Date
June 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: b00f , from Durango

Summary:
I agree with everything Raoul and his bud said below. great reviews guys. As far as what Jimbo said about the percipitation, he is absolutely right. It improves these trails IMMENSELY!!! I'm still giving this just 2 tires though. These trails are still heavily tracked up by the local hicks on their ATV's and dirt bikes. WHERE THE HELL ARE THE SIGNS?!? It is still very easy to get lost out there with the map!

Recommended Route:
I prefer to park at the bottom of dubious ascent. Just to let you all know that is another option for ya.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
road apple is much better!!!



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Review Date
December 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: jimbo , from durango

Summary:
We've been riding this in Nov-Dec. and it has been a crowd pleaser- technical spots, long gradual climbs, good views, fast singletrack. Sand was not a problem..maybe recent precip helps firm it up..? Do it!

Recommended Route:
I've done the clockwise long-course.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Did the "Alien Ride" near Aztec. Better technical spots but not overall as good as Pinion Mesa.



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Review Date
October 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dr. Rearrango , from Albuquerque, NM

Summary:
Rode with Raoul in the SAND. Get a map (The local map from Cottonwood has to be one of the most accurate I've used)! Take lots o' agua! SAND! Be prepared for lots of deep SAND (loose-tire-swallowing) in tight pinon/juniper singletrack. The singletrack would be awesome if it wasn't for the SAND. Lots of elevation gain/loss through the arroyos, but the SAND really more tiresome. El Tenedor del Diablo was one sweet ride. After Dubious ascent (descended direction), it follows a sweet little ridge for about 1.5 miles then back through some more SAND to the car. Like Raoul, there's too many other trails (with less SAND)in NM to be ridden to come back anytime soon.

Recommended Route:
Outer loop round to Scalopamine to Dan's Driveway, up to road down dubious ascent then down El teneador del Diablo.



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