Featured Ride: White Ridge Trail System, New Mexico

In: FEATURED RIDES By: Dirt Rag Magazine On: February 17, 2016

This sweet singletrack loop carries you along on a gypsum formation with stark desert mountain scenery.

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While not particularly technical, the White Ridge Trail System stands out in the Albuquerque area for vertical exposure and stunning views. It is ranked the number 2 ride in New Mexico on MTB Project. The main loop is 8.4 miles, mostly singletrack and hovers around 6,000 feet of elevation without a tremendous amount of climbing.

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This trail was developed with mountain biking in mind and is sure to please. Fast sections of singletrack follow the ridge lines across gypsum formations; descents incorporate some of the most fun terrain; and beautiful rocky desert scenery is everywhere you look. While much of the trail is not too technical, it’s narrow enough to hold your attention and people with a fear of heights might have to walk in a few spots.

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Make sure to stop and ride if you’re roadtripping since wayfinding is easy. There is a good trail map at the trailhead. The trail junctions are numbered and out on the trail each junction has a numbered post with a downsized version of the map. According to some of the comments, there are great post-ride tacos to be had in town, too.

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Photos courtesy of mtbproject.com

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