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:
This last one was from our hike to Williams Lake on Saturday:
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