9.8 miles
866 ft
-861 ft
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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More Stats for 6 Hours in the Basin for Commonweal mountain bike route
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    1 hr 18 min
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    6,202 ft
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    6,370 ft
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    6,378 ft
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    4 miles
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    4 miles
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