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Standpipe trail

Average Rating:    (4.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

A wide variety of terrain. From rocky and loose to hardpack and smooth. Lots of climbs and downhill sections. Very fun trail to ride.
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Latitude
32.36995793550678
Longitude
-104.26780700683594
Trail Directions
The local bike shop will have directions and a map
Trail Length
15miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Carlsbad
   


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Review Date
March 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: xcaliber ,  Downhiller

Summary:
First, there no longer is a bike shop in Carlsbad (today is 3-18-06). So don't plan on going there for information or spare tubes. Second, the trail's real name is La Cueva Trail System. It is located off Standpipe Road. To get there from Hwy 285, the main road through Calrsbad, turn west onto Lea Street. Go until you see Standpipe Rd. Turn south. Go EXACTLY 3 miles. There is no sign. Turn right onto a dirt road. It's very trashy there, you'll know you're in the right place when you pass the boat someone has dumped along the road. Drive around .3 miles, there is a parking area on the left and the trail crosses here. I spent 4 hours riding here. Had no map, which would have been very helpful. The riding is a lot of fun, actually. However, there are tons of "illegal" trails here and the legal ones are not well marked. That said, its worth the ride. If you head north, you wind your way through flat terain, then start climbing. You climb some small hills and go up some dry drains at one point the trail is the creekbed. Leave it to the BLM. Again, there are TONS of trails, and without a map you can easily get turned around. There is some pretty technical riding and there is some incredibly fun fast easy riding in the bottom lands.An intermediate rider can have a blast here. An expereinced rider won't get bored either. A beginner will be picking prickly pear thorns out of his body for a long time. Contact the BLM office in Carlsbad to get information.



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Review Date
December 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: brogliei ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The La Cueva trail network is fun and somewhat challenging in sections. The callenges were not very difficult (climbing large rocks in a few of the run offs) and their are no real tough climbs, but at least their were no hike-a-bike sections. I would not call the trails advanced by any means, but it is a good ride for any one willing to deal with cactus. I thought the trail network could have been bigger considering there is nothing but space out there. Adding in a few steeper and more technical climbs would have been nice, but I am from ABQ so I guess I am bias. Great ride if you are out visiting for Thanksgiving and are itching for a ride. Much better than riding on dirt/gravel roads. Oh yeah, I also saw two mule dear (as everyone does it seems), one coyote and about 30 types of cactus.

- Aerobicly not very difficult.
- Technically easy with few semi tricky areas that would be hard for a novice.
- Overall a fun enjoyable ride.

Recommended Route:
I rode from Otis to the bike shop, checked out the shop and got a map and directions, rode to Lea road, followed Lea then turned on standpipe, rode to the first cattle guard, then headed off and rode the entire trail network, and then rode back to Otis to complete 33 mile loop.



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Review Date
September 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Walker , from San Antonio, TX

Summary:
Trail has had some obvious heavy rain in July or August. By Labor Day 2002 this trail has spots where the trail has dissapeared, usually around the small creek crossings. I walked around for a few minutes twice in the first half hour trying to find the trail. This trail needs to be ridden more or maintained better. I don't think it gets enough attention to be a 'class' trail however. Saw two mule deer out there. This is the second time I have been here. Came last Labor Day as well and couldn't find the west loop trail that time either. Trail just gets washed out so easily in areas after a downpour. I wondered around off the trail and got over thirty thorns stuck through my kevlar lined tires. Which both went flat when I got on the bike. Ended my ride an hour before I intended to. Someone should take an ATV out there and drag the trail or at least mark the trail with rocks where it washes out so you can find it. People are starting to use this area as a dump now where it use to be clean. Check it out if your in the area but have backup tires if you are riding the next day somewhere else.

Recommended Route:
At the beginning.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rode Rim Trail 2 hours away in Cloudcroft.



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Review Date
July 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Carlo , from Loving, NM

Summary:
I started my new mountain biking hobby about two months ago, which would make me an obvious beginner. I purchased a great bike and went to the Bike Doc in Carlsbad to get a map for the La Cueva trails. The La Cueva trails accounted for my first singletracking experience. Other than that fact that this trail has tons of cactus to fall on; it is an awesome singletrack. It has a combination of rather smooth hardpack, loose rocky climbs, and some killer descending rocky areas! The only thing more that I could ask for in these trails is some deep sand. I get the perception that this trail is for somewhat advanced riders. It is in great shape, and has virtually no trash. Last time I went, I even saw two deer out there. Be sure to take Slime, a helmet, plenty of water, and a couple of spare tubes. Pinch flats may occur if you like to take jumps and drops with rather low tire pressure. I have been riding this trail at least twice a week for about two months, and have crashed about seven times. I have not broken any bones, but have had to remove numerous thorns from my skin. I have a few cuts and scrapes from my crashes at the La Cueva trails, but nothing major. Furthermore, my bike is still in top-notch condition after the punishment it has taken. This trail is quite rough in some areas, but is still smooth enough to be a lot of fun. If you are looking for a little adventure; just take your bike to these trails and ride hard. If you have any questions, just stop by the "Bike Doc." The guys there will be happy to help you out.

Recommended Route:
Whether you are heading north or south on standpipe, just remember that the dirt road to access the trails is between two cattle guards. The correct dirt road to take goes west, and is closest to the south cattleguard. To the left will be a large parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
As mentioned in a previous review; there are miles of jeep paths in the Carlsbad/Loving area. However, they do not compare to the La Cueva (Standpipe) singletrack.



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Review Date
September 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Greg , from San Antonio Tx

Summary:
I rode La Cueva (Standpipe Trail) for the first time on Labor Day weekend. I rode in in the afternoon with an afternoon shower and lightning brewing in the Guadalupe Mountains ahead. The temperature dropped and it made for a great ride out into the desert alone. I started out on leg #1 but somehow ended up crossing the jeep road near leg # 9, skipping the technical section. Once over the first or second set of hills you feel like your miles from civilization. I looped back on leg#8 by mistake, and ran into some wild dogs. I had just come from The Living Desert Zoo and the mexican wolf, I saw there,was still fresh in my mind. Two dogs, looked like sheperds, and started growling and coming down from the hills towards me. I hit the brakes hard and yelled and they stopped. Just long enough for me to punch the big ring and get out of Dodge! I hit a jeep trail off of leg#8 and boogied to the parking lot. These canyons like to play tricks on you. The next evening I rode the trail again searching the hills with my eyes for wolves. The most unnerving ride of my life. I am not used to being hunted when I ride. I saw another rider just before dark who told me that he had never heard or seen any wild dogs. With the close proximity of trailer housing at Standpipe Road, dogs most likely wonder up into the hills. I plan on riding this trail again at Thanksgiving. I hope I don't run into any indians! Pick up your map at The Bike Doc & your La Cueva T-Shirt.....Trail is very clean and W I L D !

Recommended Route:
Start at parking lot and head up leg #1 or leg # 9 for a shorter, less technical run.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I heard Rim Trail in Cloudcroft/Sunspot area is great!



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