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Talpas Traverse

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

A nice ride in the Taos foothills. This trail is an out and back from either end for a total of seven miles. It has a nice balance of ups and downs making it a great trail for intermediate riders and beginners wanting to sharpen their skils. It is a grunt to get to the trailhead, pick up a map from a bike shop in Taos for details. To reach it, ride up Ojitos and count 11 humps AFTER you pass the two pipes sticking up. Then, look for the trail going off to the right. Access is from the highway below the black water tank, or, use the South Boundry / Devisadero trailhead on 64 for better parking. If riding up from S. Bourdry, stay right at the switchback, downhill to Ojitos.
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Latitude
36.36692602454298
Longitude
-105.54998874664307
Trail Length
3.5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Taos
State/Territory/Province
NM
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 24, 2012

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: bikebaron ,  Racer

Summary:
Its right off the road, easy to find, you're never far from houses but they're not an eye sore.
it does get a whole lot warmer in the middle of the day in contrast to the higher trails. as mentioned its a fun quick ride. it can be as fast as you want it and some of those corners are intense.

Watch for horses and horse gifts in the trail. make sure you save some legs for the air on the way back to the truck!

grab a brew and Eskies(not sure about spelling there) and hit that trail early or late in the day if its summer, i hear it can get pretty muddy in winter from melt-age but who doesn't love a little loamy mud!

its a bit short, but it has great potential to grow into a loop!

Recommended Route:
its an out and back, end up in someones back yard almost. the couple off shoots i have explored didn't go far and where pretty loose. ol 4x4 trials or campsites maybe???

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of the trails i have ridden are great the biking culture in Toas is full of great people in my opinion and the trails reflect that love and lifestyle.

I've never met a bad seed in Toas, met some odd ones but nothing you're not used too in New Mexico already!



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Review Date
September 17, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Danielle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
fun trail with lots of twists and turns, plus burms and rollers. A few looses gravel spots but otherwise pretty manageable to ride comfortably.

Recommended Route:
start at 585



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Review Date
January 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: chuck80442 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
7 miles out and back. An hour to an hour and half, depending on your ability. A nice single track right outside of town, perfect for early mornings or after work. In and out of ravines, tight turns, as fast as you want it to be.

BONUS: this trail is tucked away in the pinon/juniper forest, which is good during those spring days when everything else is still buried in snow but the sagebrush trails are cold and windy. Watch for occasional hikers and horseback riders, and get a map...if you don't, just remember that once you're on the single track, always stay on the UPHILL trail when forks arise.



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Review Date
July 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TexReign ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First off, if you forget to begin counting humps AFTER the two steel pipe/posts on Ojitos you will get to ride up and down the Ojitos looking for the trail. The down part is fun. The up part gets a little boring the second or third time. Doh!

Once you find the trailhead for Talpas Traverse you will enjoy a challenging piece of singletrack that flows well and almost seems to have as much downhill as uphill in both directions. Almost.

If you ride in from the S.Boundry / Devisadero trailhead parking you will have quite a climbout back to S.Boundry after a short, downhill run on Ojitos. There could easily be a connector built between the turn off S.Boundry to Talpas Traverse, but there is none at this time, so you go down and back up.

This is a fun desert singletrack trail with just enough cover to provide some shade. It is often a good alternative when the rains are pounding the trails in the mountains.

Recommended Route:
I've only ridden it from the Ojitos Trail out to Talpas and back. It works for me. Either way would be as fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ojitos up to South Boundry and back down. About a ten mile loop. Expert.

Trails on BLM land at the end of the road that goes to the golf course West off the hiway as you travel South from Taos. Not all that challenging, but great views of the two river gorges meeting. Fun desert riding. Park at the end of the road and go around the fence. Developer is okay with bikes and horses accessing trails across their sixty acres (as per local I met at trailhead). Beginner to intermediate.



Comments
TexReign (07/07/2008)
Dumb Texan (me) misspelled Talba.

It's Talba Traverse, not Talpas. My apologies to the citizen of Talba and riders trying to find this trail.

For those hoping to keep it a secret, I graciously accept your gratitude.

I'll go hide in shame now.
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