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Quaking Aspen

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Just follow the single track up the mountain. You will go through ponderosa pine forests and up the occasional drainage ditch. There will be some trails that shoot off occasionally, but it's easy to pick out the main trail. And yes, the trail does go under one cattle fence... so don't be surprised. When you get to the top, you can go right on the dual track road to head back down. Or come back the way you went up if you want to take single-track back.
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Latitude
35.380092992092145
Longitude
-108.47900390625
Trail Directions
From Gallup, take I-40 east to the Fort Wingate (Route 400) exit. Follow Rt. 400 north, past Fort Wingate, toward McGaffey Lake. Turn right onto the dirt road about 1/2 mile before the Quaking Aspen campground. Park just on the other side of the cattle guard, and the trail heads off to the left.
Trail Length
8+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Gallup
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Review Date
October 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 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: Y2K>Turkey?>Lost Lake>Smokin’ Handlebars>Quaking Aspen in October 2013. What I wanted from these trails was singletrack with lots of trees and they delivered those two things. The route I took was 17 miles and 1100 ft elevation gain. Overall I enjoyed the trails but I don’t feel they are DESTINATION trails. If you live within 5 hours, you should check them out, but they lacked the flow of the High Desert Trail System and the adventure of the Milk Farm/Quasimoto loop. Parts of the trails were straight and not flowy. I just thought they were missing something (flow or stunts, give me soemething). The Quaking Aspen downhill was definitely fun and would highly recommend.

Recommended Route:
Be sure to visit the lookout on the Lost Lake Trail. Quaking Aspen was a fun XC downhill. Trail is well marked.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Desert Trail System, Milk Ranch-Qausimoto-Berma trail.



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Review Date
September 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bmeston ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Technically, this a a short review of the Zuni Mtn Trail system (it might be called the McGaffey Trail System, too), of which Quaking Aspen is one of many trails out there.

We loved this area!!! Gallup Trails 2010 has been working hard out in this area building some really good stuff. Their website has some good info and maps. We started at the Hilso TH, but rode south down the road for a few miles. After it turns to dirt, you will find a small dirt ATV road just before an empty reservoir. I think this is the McGaffey TH. This is the beginning of Lower Sawmill trail, which was a blast. Generally downhill back towards the Hilso TH area, but on the east side of the road. Note: watch for a barbed wire fence crossing the trail. It can sneak up on you, but simply lift your bike over it and continue smiling on the narrow single track. This trail leads to Purple Haze, which is also a blast.

After crossing back over the highway, you can then start up the Milk Ranch loop. This trail, when ridden counter-clockwise, is up a gorgeous dry riverbed. You ride up to and around a great little cave and potential waterfall area (just add water). We turned off of Milk Ranch to Quasimodo, then rode up to the top of Berma. The Berma downhill trail, back to the Hilso TH, is awesome!!! Whoops, jumps, berms, etc. Your cheeks will hurt from smiling so much!!

This is all very good stuff, and the area is totally gorgeous. You can almost forget that Gallup is only 10 miles away. I understand they even have a 50- and 100-mile race in this area. We put in about 25 miles, and felt pretty wasted.

Recommended Route:
Hard to say. There are probably 80 to 100 miles of sweet, looping single track in this area. Just print a map, and go play. But I would say that you should point your bike down Berma rather than up. This would be a good place to camp and ride for 3-4 days.



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Review Date
June 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chet wright ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail system. Quaking Aspen is a fast somewhat technical trail is a boatload of fun.The Burma trail should be ridden from the top down (clockwise) as it includes a lot of whoops if you like getting a little air.
The trail system is well marked with signs at every intersection. Kudos to all that build and maintain this system! Plan on making a multiple day ride, as there's more that one can ride in one day.

Recommended Route:
issues mention about the signs have all been addressed. Just go through Fort Wingate up to the Hilso trailhead

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Desert Trail system on Gallup's west side. Lot's of fun!



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Review Date
August 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
although designated as part of zuni mountain biking (association, club, whatever) i was surprised about the signage of this trail....it seems there is more to this trail than reviewed below. in fact quaking aspen is just one trail in this complex. however after looking at an online map..(http://www.gallupnm.org/visitors/pdf/mcgaffey_map.pdf.)i was still very confused on the trail...

there is a distinctive TH on hwy 400 with trail signage....but it is misleading ...and for some reason the trail map is reversed as you head up trail....this map is very unreliable...and online searchs didn't help me.

having said all that ...the trail i rode was as reviewed by others.

i simply don't think i have to buy a book to ride a couple of trails in gallup.

local bike folks need to work on signage.



Comments
bsieb (11/12/2009)
A better source of info is at:

www.galluptrails2010.com/gallup-area-trail-info
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Review Date
October 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jane ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Actually ridden twice (in a row): it was that much fun. I have to give it a "4" overall only due to its proximity to the stellar High Desert Trail System. In terms of fun it's a "5", though. The woods and meadows are very pleasing, as is the quality of most of the genuine singletrack, with some of it showing its age. Interesting features include riding on the "bedrock" and coming as close as you can on a bike to flying back along the fenceline. For difficulty there are a few rock steps here and there and some short bits of loose. Rippin' fast or scenic slow, you will enjoy your time here.

Recommended Route:
Stan's directions in "Gallup Waypoints" couldn't possibly be improved upon. First ride "Quaking Aspen" #10, CLIMBING up the namesake trail then returning to the trailhead via Turkey Nest and Y2K Trails. Continue on through the trailhead to ride "Quaking Aspen Classic" #2 ultimately DESCENDING Quaking Aspen Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Desert Trail System



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