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South Boundary via Elliot Barker

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Steady road climb with huge singletrack reward. Begin by riding up Taos Canyon on 64 to Palo Flechado Pass, go through gate and take singletrack downhill, to Elliot Barker Trailhead, cross the bridge and begin climbing. Stay on trail #1 until you intersect #164, take right and return to El Nogalm trailhead
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Latitude
36.37295598550218
Longitude
-105.48896312713623
Trail Directions
Take 64 a couple miles out (up canyon) of Taos to the El Nogalm trailhead.
Trail Length
Roughly 60 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Taos
State/Territory/Province
New Mexico
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 11, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
made the mistake of riding elliot barker from TH on US 64 several miles below summit TH. it was 1 mile of cowdung, rocks and babyheads. be sure to ignore well signed TH (about 2 miles from Angel Fire turn-off) and begin ride at top of summit.

Recommended Route:
summit TH



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Review Date
January 3, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Timo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Brad_h pretty much got it right....even if it was his first time. We do this route a couple times of year and have added some options to change things up a bit.

But the Elliot Barker description is pretty accurate. Starting at Palo Flechado you climb on worn in singletrack, but after that it turns to a faint trace in parts. In fact a few parts have a Carsonite Sign in a grassy meadow! The good news is that the Carsonite signs are very well placed.

There is really one poorly marked section on the EBT: After you do the first big descent down near the Powerlines (there is a strip clearing here) you have to go through a fence/gate. Once through that fence you see a dirt road and a small clearing, with some small cairns placed to your left. Turn here, and look for a dirt climb of about 25-ft. Trail is up on top of that small climb. This one usually confuses most people. If yoe take the road you miss this section and the awesome screaming downhill once you survive the climb.

EBT is basically up-down-up-down-up-down all the way to Osha peak....and SBT is simple to follow from there.

Recommended Route:
We've tried a number of combinations and all are fairly well marked; 1. Start at Palo Flechado on U.S. 64 and go right (up hill) and continue on from there to Osha Peak. 2. Start at Palo Flechado and go left (downhill) and ride back to the EBT Trailhead and then climb the east leg, etc. 3. Start at the EBT trailhead in the valley. 4. Some have done the el Nogal Campgroud shorter route up EBT (I have not tired it) but it cuts out so much of the best parts of EBT I would not recommend it. The GITA people did it this way a few years back. 5. Once at Osha peak, take a LEFT and not a right and follow the dirt road south to the Jaracta Trail which runs parallel to the upper part of SBT. You will hook up on a dirt road and come out at Quitana Pass on the SBT. ;-) Best route IMO 6. Consider descending the SBT on the Mondragon Trail and connecting up on the NORTH Boundary Trail (Capulin to Devisidero) for a 70-mile. 10K+ climbing epic. 10 hour day usually for this.....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are a ton of unpublicized trails in Taos. Luckily for you the locals are doing something about it. There is a volunteer for the Taos cycle Club who has mapped several trails and sells copies for 3$ each at both bike shops in town. Gearing Up has a few, but I found Taos Cyclry had the whole collection. Make sure you hit both shops and you will have more adventure than you can imagine.

North Boundary Trail has to be the best in my opinion, though.



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Review Date
September 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: brad h ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I decided to review this particular loop because while much has been said about both Elliot Barker and the S. Boundary, not much has been written about the epic nature of their linkability. The Barker trail is primative, in grassy meadows it fades away almost completely. This proved particularly tasty for myself as I just moved to NM from an area in Colorado that is almost totally detroyed from dirtbike traffic. While all the climbs on the E. Barker are technically cleanable, to stick all of them in the same ride would warrant impressive skills and perhaps a bit of luck. The trail can be difficult to follow at times, however, it is doable without a map with a little patience and a keen eye for #1 signs, which are plentiful for the most part. By the time you reach the S. Boundary intersection you will of climbed about 6,000 vertical including the road from the El Nogalm trailhead. Take a break here because its mostly downhill with only about another grand or so of climbing mixed in here and there on the way down. As with the E. Barker trail, be patient and intuitive and the #164 signs will pop up just when you begin to question your route finding skills. In contrast to the steep and technical Barker trail, the Boundary is buff and the grades gentle, nice big ring cruising. While the drop to the car is a little bumpy, there are short buff sections where the brake fingers get a rest. If you are looking for a day long epic with a lot of eveything (road climbing, technical and buff track) then this is perhaps the best loop in New Mexico with one caveat, take plenty of water. I mistakenly assumed I would cross a stream or creek and left the car with only 100 ounces (NM rookie move, I know). There is no water late summer/early fall with the exception of a a couple of festering cattle ponds.

Recommended Route:
64 to Palo Flechado Pass, go through gate and ride across meadow to the left. take the doulbletrack down to the E. Barker trailhead. if you get lost remember that you can take the highway off the pass to the trailhead as well. #1 to #164 to El Nogalm trailhead.



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