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    Trails around ruidosa/cloud croft

    In heading to the area in the spring and wanting to take my brother in law biking. He lives in Roswell and would like to find some trails up in the mountains. Please let me know of some good trails. Thanks.

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    Here are two trail systems in that area that I've been on..

    Cedar Canyon, Ruidoso
    12 hours in the Wild West

    And this one is on my to do list.
    *Rim Trail in Cloudcroft*

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    I grew up in Artesia, 40 miles south of Roswell, and I'd have to say Cloudcroft has a lot more trails to offer than Ruidoso. Everything from old rail beds to truly rocky, rooty trails (Rim Trail). Ask the guys at High Altitude in downtown Cloudcroft when you get there what they'd recommend that day. If it's wet at all, everything up there can become an adventure. For a good ride, start at the north end of Rim Trail and ride to Atkinson canyon. If you have someone that can shuttle you, try Lucas Canyon or Newman (sp?) canyon. They start at the same place on the spine of a mountain. One drops into Russia Canyon (Lucas) and the other down to the waterfalls (Newman). Be aware, you'll probably come across a lot of moto's on nearly anything up there. That's what I grew up riding up there. Some horses and cattle around Newman, and occasionally a hiker on Rim.

    If you see someone, talk to them, it may be the only other person you see that day on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottap2003 View Post
    I grew up in Artesia, 40 miles south of Roswell, and I'd have to say Cloudcroft has a lot more trails to offer than Ruidoso. Everything from old rail beds to truly rocky, rooty trails (Rim Trail). Ask the guys at High Altitude in downtown Cloudcroft when you get there what they'd recommend that day. If it's wet at all, everything up there can become an adventure. For a good ride, start at the north end of Rim Trail and ride to Atkinson canyon. If you have someone that can shuttle you, try Lucas Canyon or Newman (sp?) canyon. They start at the same place on the spine of a mountain. One drops into Russia Canyon (Lucas) and the other down to the waterfalls (Newman). Be aware, you'll probably come across a lot of moto's on nearly anything up there. That's what I grew up riding up there. Some horses and cattle around Newman, and occasionally a hiker on Rim.

    If you see someone, talk to them, it may be the only other person you see that day on the trail.

    Go Bulldogs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.N.G View Post
    Go Bulldogs!
    At least they spell it correctly, unlike my alma mater.

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    Roswell here...

    I've been riding in Ruidoso for years....Want to share gas expense once a week. I can go any day of the week.

    Send a Private Message with your email, and hopefully we can get this set up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by perk365 View Post
    Roswell here...

    I've been riding in Ruidoso for years....Want to share gas expense once a week. I can go any day of the week.

    Send a Private Message with your email, and hopefully we can get this set up?
    Roswell rider? Wowza. I'm in Carlsbad when not at school. Where do you generally ride?

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    Thanks for writing Nenbran....

    Spaghetti Bowl, and others, write me a Private Message and give me your email address, and I will send you mine.

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    bump! Any Roswell people?

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    Thanks for writing Joshua_B, but I'm unable to write you back, because I don't have enough posts to send you a private message. Glad you are from Artesia, and I'm sure you are much younger...lol..
    If you want to send an email address, I can write you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perk365 View Post
    bump! Any Roswell people?
    Parents live in Carlsbad, so I'll probably be there for the summer.

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    Fort Stanton

    I keep reading about the trails here, but have never been. I've seen some pictures and the trails look like fun. Others here might have the 411 about them.

    http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medial...ton%20_Bro.pdf
    Road, mountain, commute, CX... who cares? Shut up and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perk365 View Post
    bump! Any Roswell people?

    Here! Check PM.

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    Well I cant send PM's yet. E mail me at ziatriguy at gmail dot com

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    I did not enjoy Ft. Stanton, all the singletrack is torn up bad by horses. Some ok dirt roads if you like that. Rim trail is awesome.

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    Rode Ft. Stanton a few months ago and enjoyed it. The trails opposite the parking lot/camp area didn't seem to have a lot of horse traffic. Rode a large 30 mile loop on both sides the first day and then a smaller 20 mile loop on the singletrack opposite the parking lot.

    I actually find the Rim trail kind of boring. It is a nice break from the desert heat, but every time I ride I'm left wishing it was something more. But any day one the bike is a good day... to each their own!

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    Agreed rim trail is fun, but I also find it less exciting. Cloudcroft has much more to offer than just rim trail. Head to the Carlsbad La Cueva trails for a rough desert ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua_B View Post
    Head to the Carlsbad La Cueva trails for a rough desert ride!
    No joke. Nothing buff out there. Great riding though.

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    I went out there Monday for about 3 hours and cleaned the trail up until the Erosion gulch fork. Saturday I am going to work from there on.

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    The La Cueva trail is very underrated IMO. Not to many riders even know about it. I'm trying to get the scene going again out there. Not to many riders in this area! Ok I'll stop hijacking this thread now.

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    I was riding La Cueva over the winter and fall, but C-bad just gets so hot in the summer.

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    I love the heat!!!!!!

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    This may be a really dumb and hopefully not offensive question, but... are the Cloudcroft area trails cool to ride wet? Here in Austin you would be murdered for asking that but then we have very limited resources. My weekend trip I planned a few months ago is this coming weekend and the chances of rain look pretty high. Just getting away from the Austin temps would be huge in itself but getting to ride is what I'm going for.

    Thanks.

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    I've ridden the Rim trail when raining and although being a bit slippery the riding conditions were fine. The trail doesn't seem to hold much and I think given its rocky composition holds up well, but I'm not a local so that's based on limited experience.

    El Paso and Las Cruces are only 1.5 hour away if you get rained out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinsler View Post
    I've ridden the Rim trail when raining and although being a bit slippery the riding conditions were fine. The trail doesn't seem to hold much and I think given its rocky composition holds up well, but I'm not a local so that's based on limited experience.

    El Paso and Las Cruces are only 1.5 hour away if you get rained out.
    Thanks, that's what I was thinking too.

    Any locals?

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    Rim Trail usually gets more beat up by high traffic weekends (Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th weekend, etc.) than it does by being ridden wet. You get a ton of moto guys up from Texas on those weekends and they pound that trail. The stuff on the east side of the Sunspot highway gets soupy when wet, but the west side usually stays decent. I've seen it super sloppy on the east and tacky on the west.

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    Cool, that's good to know. Like I said, don't wanna piss anyone off. Been looking forward to riding there again.

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    FYI- Rode the Rim trail this afternoon and it was in good condition. Completely dry. Afternoon T-storms have been rolling through the area, but if you ride early you should be fine. I finished my ride around 3:30 and it started to rain as I was heading back down toward A-gordo around 4 pm. Have fun

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    Weather Underground has a 50% chance the next few days. Are those probably the typical afternoon storms you speak of? Sounds good. I'll be there tomorrow evening. Can't wait to escape the Austin temps and humidity.

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    Yep. Afternoon t-storms are pretty common this time of year. My experience is that unless it is raining solid for a few days, you're just likely to see a few patches of soupy areas here or there, but not a non-stop quagmire. It's pretty rideable through afternoon showers.

    I will be up there tomorrow mid-morning.

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    Any advice on a 2 hour loop for a couple dudes with decent fitness on hardtails?

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    Hmmm. For loops.... I like Willie White (T113) up to Wills Canyons (T5008) connecting to Upper Wills Canyon (T9278) all the way up to brief connector on FR64, bombing down Hubbell Canyon (T9277) then link back to Wills Canyon down to Willie White. Not sure about time on that loop though. I ride at a very casual pace and take frequent breaks, etc., but I think my time was about 3 hours for the full loop.

    There's quite a bit of climbing up to FR64 but it's not too bad. It's a pretty good ride and you are rewarded with some fun downhill sections.

    There's also some fun loops to be had along the Benson Trail system but I think they have been doing a lot of logging in the Benson Ridge area and I am unsure as to what the conditions are.

    You could also do the High Altitude XC course loop. They have a map of the course you can pick up in the shop.

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    Well that was a great trip. Thanks for all the input. Had a really really good time. So much so that the wife and I were thinking about taking our kid there right after New Years to see a mountain winter. Would you expect a newer Outback with off road tires to be enough to get me off the pavement and up a dirt road to the cabin?

    Thanks again!

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    I was up there camping with my family this past weekend and rode the Bailey Canyon loop quite a bit. Saw lots of folks out riding this past weekend, which is rare because usually I don't see anyone at all.

    Where did you end up riding?

    Re: winter driving...really depends on how much snow they get. The forest roads do not seem to get plowed as much as the main highways i.e., 82, 130, and 6563. As long as your cabin is off one of those main roads, you should be okay.

    You better have decent clearance and AWD/4WD or chains if there is a good amount of snow on the ground. Some of those FRs are pretty steep and can be treacherous.

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    Thanks. We didn't ride too much. My buddy was destroyed by the altitude and he's a Type 1 diabetic so I wasn't going to push him too hard when he's suckin wind. We kept it up on the early part of the Rim Trail and made some nice loops. Barely saw a soul out there. So weird. My Tallboy would've been so fun but he was on an EMD so I rode my hard tail to keep us even.

    Our cabin is up the hill behind the Mountaintop Mercantile right in the middle of the village. Super easy to get there but the drive is short and fairly steep to the cabin carport. We're keeping it pretty tame I expect.

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