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Road Apple

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

Ned Overend's favorite trail. This is about 50 miles south of Durango, CO and is where the Durango locals go for a close-by ride when the high elevation rides are closed by snow (October-May). It's largley unknown by non-locals. The signs read "Glade Run Trail System" but nobody calls it that. It's a unique area on BLM land with 20 to 30 miles of rolling desert singletrack - terrain like a very long BMX track, with various optional loops. No extended climbing. Not especially difficult but loads of fun. Includes spectacular panoramic views of the Colorado Mountains to the north and "Shiprock" to the west, along with a close up view of numerous gas wells. Has been the site of the annual "Road Apple Rally," claimed to be the oldest continuously run Mountain Bike race in the country, regularly won by Ned. Ideal season is spring and fall. Summer is too hot.
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Latitude
36.77409249464195
Longitude
-108.193359375
Trail Directions
Ask a local
Trail Length
20 to 30 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Farmington
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Review Date
August 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: coalz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun and fast ups and downs. A great high paced trail with lots of twists and turns. Not technically difficult but there are small glimpses of high paced action. Very tight turns around cedar and pinon trees. I enjoy variety and find this trail to be a nice change of pace than riding in CO. Small amounts of sandy washes, 95% of the trail is hard packed.

Recommended Route:
From foothills blvd head north to the road and loop back making sure the descend the 7 sisters section and back up through bong rock. There is a small dirt jump section that is pretty washed out at 7 sisters.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alien run, Phil's world



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Review Date
October 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: danjmeyers ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
double track sand, followed by double track sand...and if you bored with that there are dirt roads with deep sand. Oh I forgot about the "whoops" that the locals with rave about, deep sand rolling through endless juniper. Take your gps because every square inch of this place looks exactly like the last 20 feet you just rode.



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Review Date
September 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: xcmtnbikernm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This isn't a trail! It's a wide open dirt road! There is so much motor traffic, on is so called trail, it should classified as a highway. It looks like an apoccalyptic waste land with garbage and broken beer bottles everywhere, and any land the atvs haven't torn up, the oil companies have dug up the rest with the hundreds of roads and wells. And there is the constant engine buzz of the gas pumps and the sputtering of the oil wells.
I haven't mentioned the drunk hillbillies yet, when they aren't driving drunk they are parked in the the middle of trail shooting thier empty bottles.
I would give this trail a zero if I could.

Recommended Route:
Save yourself the disappointment and don't ride it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New Mexico is for fat drunks on atvs. Head north any trail in Colorado is better then this. Moab isn't that far from here either.



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Review Date
August 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: texasbiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have the pleasure of living just 2 miles from the trail head of what we call "Kinsey's Ridge." This is one of my favorite rides and I do it at least once a week when I'm in town. The trail is very well maintained and well travelled so the single track is pretty hard packed, making for some great high speed sections. It's very rideable for even beginners, but a more advanced rider can still have a blast. Not the most technical of trails in the area, but for me, the fun factor is the big draw. If you like to stop and smell the roses (or take in some great scenery) be sure to take along a little digital or single use camera. If you're new to the area, be sure to make your first stop at Cottonwood Cycles on Main St. Those are some good folks who know their stuff and love to get people hooked on their local trails.

Recommended Route:
Multiple loops to chose from. Get the map and explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alien Run in Hart Canyon on highway 550 just North of Aztec.



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Review Date
April 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: texasbiker ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This beginning of this trail is great for beginners (like myself) but can deffinitely possess its challenges as well. With some great downhills in the first couple miles, it's easy to keep your momentum through the woops. Trail is in good shape most months of the year (if you don't mind some sand here and there).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
At the end of Foothills drive there is a great trail that takes you up onto a ridge overlooking valleys on either side. This is not a difficult trail; winding woops with few substantial climbs. But the scenery is the main draw for this trail. Great for a leisurely ride.



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