The breathtaking landscapes of Mesa, Arizona beckon riders to the Ruidoso trail. A pathway that promises beginners a feel of adventure and intermediates the thrill of challenge. It's a mosaic of dry wash crossings, sandy patches, and unique trail barriers. All these set against a canvas of panoramic views and rocky terrains.
Starting with the Ruidoso, it's a beginner's paradise with just enough dry wash crossings to elevate the pulse. After conquering 1.2 miles, riders find themselves merging with the Spillway trail.Taking a short sandy jaunt on Spillway leads to the pivotal Meridian trail. Not far along the Meridian is the entrance to the Cat Peaks trail. For the detail-oriented:
Post the Cat Peaks thrill, the Blevins trail awaits. Veering left leads back to the familiar Meridian trail and soon completes the mesmerizing mountain loop. To end the expedition, a right onto Spillway followed by a left on Ruidoso brings one back to the starting point at Meridian Road.
Usery Mountain Regional Park, enveloped by a fence, boasts seven access gates. For the more economical adventurers:
The ride, though not overly technical, does surprise with sporadic loose rocks. The Cat Peaks Pass Trail introduces technicalities on both ascent and descent, regardless of direction.For those yearning for added fervor, post the Meridian trail, taking a right onto the County Line trail before Meridian Road is advisable. It's a downhill sprint that grows more complex with speed.
The Ruidoso trail experience, paired with its sister trails, offers a mosaic of challenges and joys. From gentle slopes to technical barriers, it's an embodiment of Mesa's diverse mountain biking offerings. Remember to ride responsibly and savor every moment.