Zuni Mountains Singletrack Report: 4/8/14 The singletracks are mostly dry with some wet or flowing drainages. Bushwack well around soft/soaked sections of trail.
High Desert Trail System
A narrow, single track mountain biking trail, the High Desert Trail System provides a variety of terrain with the least technical beginning at the East Trail. Three loops off of the trail - First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa - increase in technical difficultly of terrain. Map/signs are posted at all intersections. The trail is open year round but winter conditions may prevent use. Please don't use the trail when it is soft & muddy.
Directions to East (Gamerco) Trailhead
Directions to West (Mentmore) Trailhead
Just east of Gallup are the Zuni Mountains and the McGaffey Recreation Area. The newly improved Hilso Trail Head at mile 7.5 on NM 400 is the gateway to some 26 miles of designated mtb and hiking trails, as well as many miles of unmarked traditional trails. Map/Signs are posted at all intersections on designated trails. These trails are normally closed from December until mid April. As of January 5, 2014 we have not had much snow in the Zuni Mts. The trails have some snow in sheltered spots but are generally dry and in good condition.
Twin Springs Area
This area is about 18 miles farther into the Zuni Mountains and is a collection of existing primitive singletracks, logging railroad corridors, and two track Forest Roads. These are unimproved routes with no signs. The meadow in the aspens on the right (west) side of FR50 is a favorite camping spot for mtbers, the Aspen Corridor singletrack starts on the left (east) side of the road. These trails are normally closed from December until mid April. As of January 5, 2014 we have not had much snow in the Zuni Mts. The trails have some snow in sheltered spots but are generally dry and in good condition.
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