21.8 miles
Distance
5,118 ft
Climb
-5,113 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Glorieta Adventure Camps is privately owned, so please respect their property and events.

The trails listed on this route are proper Expert and Extreme. Use appropriate caution and body armor and full-face helmets are recommended.

Really want to see what it takes to ride a Big Mountain Enduro? This route contains the classics: the big ridge from the top of Glorieta Baldy, Jagged Axe, Janker DH, and Chili Dog. These trails are steep, chunky, have drops, and are littered with challenging features.

Start by parking along Highway 50 just off the exit at the Baptist Bypass trailhead. You can use the green trail to connect to each of the climbs and descents.

In no particular order (note this deviats somewhat from the order of the route), but recommend starting with Glorieta Baldy:

Climb the Ruiz Canyon road to the 'Grunt' all the way to the top. It's a BIG climb, so good to start here and get it out of the way. From the top where the old firetower is, you'll drop down the Secret Trail, which for a fast rider is around a 15 minute descent.

After that big descent, you have some choices. Cross over to Snack Pack climbing trail and attack Chili Dog, where the rock features and flow will keep you grinning. Again, fast riders on this will be sub 5 minutes.

Next up is Janker DH. Follow the green trail to the road climb up to Janker DH. Janker DH is STEEP and technical and loose. Enjoy the challenge and finish back on the up climb to Jagged Axe. Fast riders complete Janker DH sub 4 minutes.

The final climb up Jagged Axe will be slow since your legs should be well spent by now. Connect to the Jagged Axe connector until you top out where the stump-cut bench lets you take in the view. Begin Jagged Axe with a fast start into a rock chute then into up and down rock gardens. There are two large drops/jumps on this trail with optional B lines if you're not up for it. Fast riders will finish this trail around 6 minutes.

Finish on the green trail and head back to the Baptist Bypass trailhead.

Detailed Description
BME Glorieta Route is a 22 mile moderately popular extreme route located near Santa Fe New Mexico. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 5,118 ft with a max elevation of 9,119 ft then descends -5,113 ft.
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6 Reviews & Comments

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misterjohn123 (Dec 22, 2021 at 16:32)
Trail Jagged Axe
adding my notes here since the comments are pretty sparse. i’m an intermediate/advanced rider and had some concerns this trail would be outside my abilities. have ridden this, i agree with the black rating. features are either crazy or mandatory, but not both. if you’re riding black trails regularly, everything is ridable or has a b line. this trail also feel significantly steeper and more sustained than chili dog. expect to be on your brakes the entire time and all the challenging features happen while going downhill. if you like steeps id recommend this over chili dog, but the climb is a bit longer
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misterjohn123 (Dec 22, 2021 at 16:26)
Trail Chili Dog
rode it blind and struggled to get a good flow on this trail. there are a ton of technical features but for me it felt like i was pedaling or going through rock gardens at low speed. ymmv, maybe a bigger bike or better rider could get better flow here. still fun and very tricky, lots of spots to “thread the needle”.
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zinexo (Jun 1, 2021 at 13:33)
Trail Jagged Axe
IMO this should be a double black. Lots of mando drops and troughs that a bunch of speed is needed for.
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brahhh (Nov 13, 2020 at 20:36)
Trail Chili Dog
IMO, this is one of the best DH trails in Santa Fe. It has a great mix of tech, chunk, steepness, rock slabs, and flow to make it the perfect DH trail. Worth the Snack Pack climb 100%
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marcus69 (Nov 5, 2019 at 17:41)
Trail Broken Arrow
Ni fun, doesn't worse the climb
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ianwcarlson (Nov 1, 2019 at 14:19)
Trail BA Grunt
This trial appears to be an old jeep road that has been washed out by weather and entropy. The ground is full of roots, rocks, and pine needles in various sections. There were several down trees but most of them were small and didn't require a dismount. The upper half of the trail is a slog. You'll be pushing your bike for a while, but there's really nice scenery along the way.
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  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
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  • Altitude start
    7,513 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,516 ft
  • Grade max
    -71.2%
  • Grade min
    81.6%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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