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South Baldy - Copper Canyon

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

START RIDING THE 8 MILES AND 4000 FEET TO THE TOP OF SOUTH BALDY AND THE LIGHTNING OBSERVATORY. AT THE TOP TAKE TRAIL 10 DOWN COPPER CANYON BACK TO THE CAR.
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Latitude
34.05301498424774
Longitude
-107.10751533508301
Trail Directions
DRIVE OUT OF SOCCORRO TOWARDS MAGDALENA ON HIGHWAY 60 ABOUT 15 MILES TO THE SIGN ON THE LEFT THAT SAYS WATER CANYON CAMP GROUND. tURN LEFT HERE AND GO FIVE MILES AND PARK AT THE CAMP GROUND.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Socorro
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (7 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
March 9, 2010

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: mumblino ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you want to ride up the forest road you will be happily repaid with Copper Canyon/Trail 10. I usually prefer shuttling or riding/hiking up 10 and then riding down. The top is full of steep switchbacks and the bottom is rocky and fast.

Recommended Route:
Go by the LBS on the plaza in Socorro.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Y.E.S.



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Review Date
March 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
road to observatory was closed for construction at observatory. guards refused entry.



Comments
Sarvis (10/27/2007)
The road is closed for construction from 06:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday, this has been the case since March of 2005. So you have to go early, go late, or go on the weekends.

That said, I think that the reviewers ratings should be taken with a grain of salt ... since he didn't ride the entire loop.

S
boisebomber (10/28/2007)
correct , ignore my rating..

i did not ride, but will in future thanx to your schedule info.
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Review Date
June 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: The Sac ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awsome ride has it all, fast sweeping turns, steeps, crazy switch backs, and a jump at the bottom. Probably the best trail in the Magnalenas. Best done in the rain, and pre ride music has to be "Hallowed be thy Name" by Iron Madien.

Recommended Route:
Drive out from Socorro west on 60,turn left at water canyon, shuttle all the way to the top of South Baldy or ride 9 miles striat up hill. Your choice.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any other trails in the Magnalenas are good.



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Review Date
November 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: shawnwest ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
What are you talking about "advanced", this trail is gnarly. Trail ten is BADA$$. Don't ride it if you suck like me. Give trail 11 a shot, its fast and fun, just technical. Let us know if you are up for magdalena mania. mtb@lyris.nmt.edu

Recommended Route:
Krank up the hill for 3 hours, pick a trail, go buck.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All the trails are awesome, I haven't scratched the surface.



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Review Date
September 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Raoul , from Tijeras, NM

Summary:
Well, this is indeed a BIG climb - nearly 4000' in 8 miles! But the scenery itself is worth it. There are beautiful vistas down Water/Copper Canyon out to the plains and the meadows at the top are incomparable. The original plan was to ride Trail 10 down (see other description - the top looked intense) but we were riding in the height of the monsoon season and needed to get down in a hurry. The climb took about 2 hrs. elapsed time and the descent was 20 minutes! Very worthwhile but I want to ride the singletrack off the top next time.

Recommended Route:
Forest Service road to top and return same or take the Trail 10 singletrack

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I haven't ridden them but I would like to try North Baldy and link it with South Baldy... now that would be epic.



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