Nestled in Raton, New Mexico, this intriguing 4-mile loop offers an adrenaline-packed experience for riders seeking a true challenge. Although it’s marked as very easy, this trail surprises with its intensity and technical sections.
The journey begins with a brief stem leading to two intertwined 1.5-mile loops. Riders have the option of maneuvering these as a figure 8 or sticking to the broader outer loop. However, be prepared for:
For a smoother ride, following the outer trails counterclockwise might reduce the number of times you have to dismount, but brace for occasional interruptions.
Despite the trail's deceptive classification as very easy, its terrains provide an exhilarating experience:
While most of the path is highly engaging, its limited distance and occasional disruptive spots keep it from ranking as a top trail choice.
City Advisory: It's pertinent to note that while this trail remains open for mountain bikes, the City of Raton Department of Parks and Recreation hasn't endorsed it due to its original design serving hikers.Riders should be cautious of:
From downtown Raton, head southwards on 2nd street. Progressing to the southern end of downtown, turn west onto Apache Ave. Continue until reaching a dead end that marks the trailhead. If met with a gate closure, park securely and cycle the brief remaining road to reach the trailhead.
While the trail is a blend of challenges and exhilaration, it might not be every cyclist's cup of tea. However, for riders seeking an intriguing blend of beauty and obstacles, this loop in Raton is worth a spin.