9.8 miles
Distance
866 ft
Climb
-861 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This route is from the inaugural 6 Hours in the Basin for the Commonweal race that will now be an annual event hosted by the Core Crew. The route explores the northern ridgelines before heading counterclockwise south into the open desert, and then back through more meandering features back towards the trailhead.

Starting at the Cowboy Shack Trailhead, heard north on the double track for a little while before hooking up to the proper singletrack that leads up the tights turns onto Elizas Ridge.

Enjoy the views and continue counterclockwise along the ridge before hooking up to Sophies Spur and the fun descent to the arroyo. Now you'll begin the long, meandering xc singletrack before turning East and eventually North back towards the trailhead.

Like La Tierra, Galisteo Basin is well marked at intersections, so take time to check the map and explore to your heart's content.

Detailed Description
6 Hours in the Basin for Commonweal is a 10 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Santa Fe New Mexico. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 19 trails. This route climbs 866 ft with a max elevation of 6,682 ft then descends -861 ft.
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9 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
PartyThyme (Oct 3, 2022 at 18:59)
Trail Mark's Reach
Ridden twice in the past week, I prefer a north to south ride.
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PartyThyme (Oct 3, 2022 at 18:59)
Trail Mark's Reach
Ridden twice in the past week, I prefer a north to south ride.
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PartyThyme (Oct 3, 2022 at 18:59)
Trail Mark's Reach
Ridden twice in the past week, I prefer a north to south ride.
[Reply]
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madhall63 (May 15, 2022 at 14:01)
Beautiful descent from the Ridge crest. I always try to include this and Eliza's Ridge when I get to Galisteo. Keep alert for a few modest technical mini segments. A bit of a huff and puff (and maybe a little walking) if you do it uphill, but not a bad way to gain the Ridge.
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madhall63 (May 15, 2022 at 14:01)
Beautiful descent from the Ridge crest. I always try to include this and Eliza's Ridge when I get to Galisteo. Keep alert for a few modest technical mini segments. A bit of a huff and puff (and maybe a little walking) if you do it uphill, but not a bad way to gain the Ridge.
[Reply]
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madhall63 (May 15, 2022 at 14:01)
Beautiful descent from the Ridge crest. I always try to include this and Eliza's Ridge when I get to Galisteo. Keep alert for a few modest technical mini segments. A bit of a huff and puff (and maybe a little walking) if you do it uphill, but not a bad way to gain the Ridge.
[Reply]
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brahhh (Nov 13, 2020 at 20:07)
Trail Mark's Reach
My favorite trail in the GBP. Runs along a ridge with some rock slab. Going down it is super fun as there are some rock jumps mixed with techy slabs. A mix of climbing and descending going south, but feels like a descent. Woohoo!
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brahhh (Nov 13, 2020 at 20:07)
Trail Mark's Reach
My favorite trail in the GBP. Runs along a ridge with some rock slab. Going down it is super fun as there are some rock jumps mixed with techy slabs. A mix of climbing and descending going south, but feels like a descent. Woohoo!
[Reply]
  • + 1
brahhh (Nov 13, 2020 at 20:07)
Trail Mark's Reach
My favorite trail in the GBP. Runs along a ridge with some rock slab. Going down it is super fun as there are some rock jumps mixed with techy slabs. A mix of climbing and descending going south, but feels like a descent. Woohoo!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    58
More Stats for 6 Hours in the Basin for Commonweal mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,202 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,370 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,378 ft
  • Grade max
    -24.6%
  • Grade min
    18.3%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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