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Santa Fe Rail Trail

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No. of Reviews: 8

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Latitude
35.676402447539196
Longitude
-105.95425128936768
Trail Directions
FROM THE INTERSECTION OF CERRILLOS RD AND ST FRANCIS DRIVE GO SOUTH ON ST FRANCIS 3.4 MILES TO A T-INTERSECTION. TURN RIGHT ONTO OLD AGUA FRIA FRIA ROAD AND CONTINUE 0.6 MILES. CROSS A RAILROAD TRACK AND IMMEDIATLY TURN LEFT INTO A DIRT PARKING AREA.
Trail Length
25.2 miles Round Trip
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Fe
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Review Date
August 10, 2009

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: Tkot de Chaquaco ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Alright, I live in SF, but I just got into cycling again (I used to bike all the time, then I outgrew my bike, and finally got a new one a few months ago). What I'm doing is XC Mountain Biking. So, let me just say that this trail runs parallel to the railroad tracks from around the Cerillos Rd./St. Francis Rd. intersection close to downtown, all the way to the town of Lamy. Up untill you leave town, the trail is paved, but once you go under I25 it becomes hard packed dirt trail. Now, I am a beginner to Mountain Biking, but not a beginner to cycling. So, to me, I found this trail challenging so that it was fun and I got a good workout and got a nice sweat going, but not so hard that I came home bruised and bleeding. Just bruised ;). Just kidding. Oh, and the part about it being kinda challenging, that was for the dirt part of the trail. Not the paved part. To describe the trail, it goes from beginner to intermediate back to beginner/intermediate. Paved section is beginner. Dirt section just after the interstate is intermediate; plenty of fun ups and downs and jumps. Then it goes to somewhere in the between the two, where there are some nice flat sections and some nice little challenges to keep you focused. There are plans to pave the entire trail all the way to Lamy, which would be a crying shame, because there would be one less awesome XC Mountain Biker friendly trail out there.

Recommended Route:
I started by getting onto the rail trail at Second Street, and using the paved section to get warmed up. Then, just keep going as far as you feel like (getting to mile marker 13 and back will give you a 15 mile ride. 2.5 miles from Second St. to the end of the pavement, and a further 5 to mm 13). Plently of places to stop for food on the way back if you do an evening ride and feel peckish when you make it back into town.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, as I say, I just started biking again.



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Review Date
June 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: stxnstones ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hard packed trail with some nice curving rollers, some sandy arroyos and few minimally rocky ascents/descents. Great if you want to ride fast. Slow riding allows you to see all the great wildlife! Beautiful at sunrise or sunset.

Recommended Route:
Start at Rabbit Road, head south to Lamy and back. Two to three hour ride at moderate pace. Take Camelback and food.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dale Ball system.



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Review Date
June 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Marilyn Clark ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Began at the 14 mm on Old Agua Fria Rd,as recommended on the website. The trail rapidly disappeared due to a new housing development having been built over the RR grade. However, we did find a dirt track that paralleled the "official" trail, and we took that south to mm 7. The trail began with steep hills and it appeared quite unmaintained. I hated it, my partner loved it. After a couple miles, the trail improved and I could negotiate the hills with no problems. Scenery is great, even witnessed a gopher snake raiding one of the many bird boxes mounted on the fenceposts along the trail. I ended up loving the trail, too. It was just annoying to have to try to actually locate it!!



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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: softtail ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The entrance sign said no motor vehicles allowed, however the trail appeared to be very well “groomed” by quads. The trail runs along the train tracks which universally never have more than a 3% grade, so don’t expect any climbing.

Very little single track and more like a two lane highway. This trail would be a real hoot with a cyclo-cross bike or a ridged single speed. It’s fast and flat with great scenery and rolling hills.



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Review Date
May 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Glenn , from Santa Fe, NM

Summary:
I ride the northern 2/3 of this trail 2-4 times
per week. It's an easy trail with 2-4 short steep
climbs out of arroyos. This trail is great practice for inexperienced riders. It's fun for experienced riders to ride this trail fast but slow down for the hikers you are sure to pass along the way. There's a 2 mile section of single track on the west side of the tracks 2 miles north of Eldorado that's especially fun as you ride South. My favorite part is the wide open (but not for long) ranch land between Eldorado & Arroyo Hondo. This is
a great place to be during sunset.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Public Lands Information Center on Rodeo
Rd. Ride South along the tracks up to 14 miles.
Turn around whenever you want but the best view is
at the end. You might enjoy riding the additional
1.5 mile down to Lamy to see the old train depot,
schoolhouse, and church. Climbing back up Lamy hill is a butt-breaker though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dale Ball trail system, Apache Canyon Loop, Guaje Ridge Trail in Los Alamos



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