Alamitos Trail For Mountain Biking

The 23rd most popular mountain bike trail in New Mexico.

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South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Alamitos Trail is a 13.6 mile mountain bike route above 10,000 feet. This trail climbs from Alamitos Trailhead to the Jicarita Peak Ridge then descends 1,000 feet in elevation into the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara drainage. The 1,000 foot drop into the drainage is steep and difficult. About 3.5 miles from the Alamitos Trailhead a spur trail takes a side trip to Serpent Lake. The trail climbs steeply up Jicarita Peak Ridge for another mile. The Jicarita Peak Ridge is barren and exposed and should be avoided during bad weather.

Trail 19 can also be accessed from the Agua Piedra campground on State Highway 518. The trail form Agua Piedra campground to the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara is 16 miles.

Overall, Alamitos Trail is the 23rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Alamitos Trail including South Boundary Trail, Devisadero Loop Trail, Cordova Trails, Columbine Creek Trail, Northside Trail System and Angel Fire Bike ParkMaquinita Canyon Trail System.


Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 587-2255; Taos Visitors (800) 758-3873; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Gearing Up Cycles (505) 758-0365.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking Northern NM" from Bob D'Antonio

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Agua Piedra Campground

Luxury Loding:  Fechin Inn, Taos (800) 811-2938

Breakfast Restaurant:  Michaels Kitchen Restaurant, Taos

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  36.1345, -105.5311

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  14327


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