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    Taos Northside

    Just saw HighSpeedChase was up there too but wanted to post my ride report from the Taos Northside trails. I've always wanted to check this stuff out and finally got to ride it with Kristin on Friday.

    We were glad we just spent a weekend in Crested Butte at similar altitude. We started out by paying our ten bucks at the self pay entrance to the Northside gate. We pedaled up and up and up and after some early jeep roads we got onto to some nice single track. The single track route we took (counter-clockwise) crossed the main trail to Wheeler Peak several times and had some really incredible high altitude views. We went to the top of Bull of The Woods mountain which topped out at 11,600'! You can go above 12k on Frazer mountain but 2600' of vert was enough for us in one day so we'll have to shoot for that one next time. Coming down we hit some really cool single tracks mixed in with old mining roads. We ran into Kerrie on the way down. I had been in contact with her via e-mail before our trip and she was awesome at explaining everything about the area and how it runs. Great place!

    I'd say you've got to be pretty fit to ride these trails but the late snow melt keeps anyone from riding the trails too early in the season. A lot of the trails are on old mining roads that have been converted to single track but there are a lot of great single tracks that have been created solely for biking/hiking. The views alone make the trails worth riding. Here's some phone pics I took in order of our ride:

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    This last one was from our hike to Williams Lake on Saturday:
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    Meh... Gorgeous terrain!

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    Wow, beautiful area!

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    Pretty...Good riding stoke Neal,thanks
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    Neal, thanks for riding Northside and writing a report. It was great meeting you and Kristin and we hope to see you again soon.

    I'm not seeing the pics you posted. You know this forum better than me, is there a reason I don't see them? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthsideTSV View Post
    ..I'm not seeing the pics you posted..
    That's odd, I don't see them either so I uploaded them again:
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    You got some great shots! Thanks for uploading them again. It is a lot of climbing, but what goes up must come down

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    Frazier

    On Saturday my wife, daughter, and I climbed the Frazier road all the way to the top of Frazier Mountain. It was over 3000' of steep climbing to the top of Frazier Mountain at over 12000' feet. It was painful but worth it once we made it to the top. The descent was really fun down Wheeler Peak Trail and several other single tracks on the west side of NorthSide trails. It looks like we hit it just a day before the first snow of the season up there.

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