92.3 miles
7,799 ft
-10,844 ft
2 miles
High Point

From the mountainous heights of Cumbres Pass to the high-desert canyons near Ghost Ranch, this mostly-singletrack through-ride takes in some of Northern New Mexico's finest scenery enjoyed along some of the state's most sublime riding.

Developed camping accessible by car can be found every 20-25 miles making this a prime candidate for a 4-day shuttle-assisted slack-pack. Or saddle up and tackle it all in one grueling test of stamina.

Detailed Description
Carson Continental Divide Epic is a 92 mile popular intermediate route located near Tres Piedras New Mexico. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 7,799 ft with a max elevation of 11,027 ft then descends -10,844 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
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  • Route Type
  • Bikepacking
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Carson Continental Divide Epic mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    28 hr 20 min
  • Altitude change
    -3,047 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,916 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,969 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,923 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    36 miles
  • Distance down
    50 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

CDT (Hopewell Lake - Vallecito Mtn Ranch)
Sep 5, 2023 @ 8:21am
Sep 5, 2023
Trail is open and riding great.
Hopewell Camp Connector
Jul 30, 2023 @ 7:34am
Jul 30, 2023
Great Conditions.
CDT (NM-Sec 31)
Aug 6, 2020 @ 3:01pm
Aug 6, 2020
Clear except for a group of downed trees just north of Lagunitas Campground (where the trail comes out on an exposed dirt slope).
CDT (NM-Sec)
Aug 6, 2020 @ 2:58pm
Aug 6, 2020
No downed trees. However, trail (better described as an old road bed) is overgrown in some sections and holding water from the monsoons.
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