- Distance: 9 miles
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Route Type: Loop
- Location: Farmington, New Mexico
How To Get There
From the junction of E Main St and Pinon Hills Blvd (you'll spot a Lowe's on the corner), head north on Pinon Hills Blvd and make an immediate right turn onto Foothills Dr. Drive approximately 2 miles north on Foothills Dr (past the right/left S curve) and park where the road ends.
Trail Composition: What to Expect
Forming a figure-eight loop, The Whoops trail brings together three fascinating tracks: Kinsey Trail, Rigor Mortis Trail, and a portion of the renowned Road Apple Trail. The trail weaves through Pinon Pines, boasting a landscape suitable for single-speed bikes. What sets this trail apart are its distinct "whoops"—dips and rises that provide a thrilling riding experience.
Mileage Markers and Waypoints:
- Start at the pipe fence opening and follow the right fork to begin on Kinsey Trail.
- At 2.3 miles (Waypoint A), ignore the spur on the left (to be revisited later).
- Around 50 yards later (Waypoint B), fork left.
- At 3.7 miles (Waypoint C), make a right turn to commence the exhilarating whoops section.
- At 4.2 miles, turn left onto a dirt road for about 100 yards until you spot a trail on the right (Waypoint D).
- At 5.4 miles, choose the right fork (Waypoint E).
- Reaching 6.6 miles, you'll arrive back at Waypoint B. Turn left here and, in 50 yards, take the spur on the right (Waypoint A) to follow Rigor Mortis Trail back to the trailhead.
Rider Comments: Insights and Tips
- "Requires attention to route and mileage, but well-marked and easy to follow."
- "Delivers a good cardio workout, especially when conditions are wet or muddy."
- "It's a loop within a larger network, allowing for extended rides and exploration."
- "Favored by riders and dirt bikers alike—creating bigger whoops and bermed turns."
While usually rideable throughout the winter, it can get muddy and snowy. The trail becomes a fantastic fat bike trail under these conditions until it dries out in the spring.
Final Thoughts: A Fast-Paced Adventure
The Whoops offers a balanced riding experience. It's a trail that beckons both beginners and experienced cyclists. Beginners will find the nontechnical terrain forgiving yet engaging, whereas advanced riders can ramp up the speed to make it a wholly different beast. In either case, the trail delivers fun and flow, making it an indispensable part of Farmington's trail network.