14.4 miles
2,976 ft
-2,966 ft
2 miles
High Point

This route can be done in either direction. Either way there will be some hike-a-bike involved. The preferred direction involves climbing the West Chile trail, with excellent close up views of Shaggy Peak. Then you drop down into a beautiful valley and climb back to Trail #175. Then you have a stout climb up Trail #175 to the ridge. To add a "Stem" to the Chile Loop, you can continue up Trail #175 to the Glorieta Baldy fire tower. Otherwise, enjoy the fast descent down Secret to the Deer Trail and back to I-25 to complete the loop.

Detailed Description
Chile Loop is a 14 mile moderately popular expert route located near Santa Fe New Mexico. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,976 ft with a max elevation of 9,391 ft then descends -2,966 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
Pcforno (Oct 25, 2022 at 6:23)
Trail Deer Trail
This is not worth it for biking.
Nice for a running loop instead
  • + 0
Pcforno (Oct 25, 2022 at 6:22)
Trail West Chile
This is not worth it for biking.
It’s a good running loop instead
  • + 0
Ruchell (May 9, 2022 at 12:08)
Trail Deer Trail
Great trail. Nice gradual ascent (was able to bike about 90% of the climb) to Ponderosa Pine trees, then a great descent back to the start with lots of rocky sections and flowy sections as well...fun ride! Great workout.
  • + 0
Ruchell (Apr 26, 2022 at 14:14)
Trail Secret
Great descent after hiking up to the lookout tower via Broken Arrow trail. Live it!
  • + 0
DavideIyNw (Aug 29, 2021 at 8:14)
Trail Secret
Not worth the ride up
  • + 0
marcus69 (Nov 5, 2019 at 17:39)
Trail Secret
No fun and doesn't worse the climb up
  • + 0
dmackyaheard (Oct 13, 2019 at 16:19)
Trail Deer Trail
Two track top to bottom. We shuttled it from Glorietta and left a truck on the interstate. Not very fun or really worth it.
  • + 0
trailsnailk (Jun 16, 2019 at 10:30)
Trail West Chile
Made an attempt to ride this trail, but only got a couple miles up before deciding we weren't having a good time. The start of the trail is hard to locate, we had to stop and hike around a bit to find it. It turns into a double track/old road for a while, then we got sick of it and turned around. Maybe it is better after the first couple of miles but we did not stay to find out.
  • + 1
Zoonhollis (May 24, 2019 at 7:05)
The climbs near the end of Trail #175 are stout indeed. Unless you're an Olympian, there will be some hike-a-bike. But the descent on Secret and Deer are worth the effort.
  • - 1
Kstrebor (May 6, 2018 at 16:36)
I road it counterclockwise and was lost in five different occasions. I don't recommend this one.

Trails in Route

West Chile7 miles
Trail #1751 mile
Secret2 miles
Deer Trail4 miles


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Direction
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More Stats for Chile Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,063 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,088 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,096 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,174 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Deer Trail
Oct 25, 2022 @ 6:22am
Oct 25, 2022
This is not worth it for biking. Run it instead
Sep 26, 2022 @ 8:24am
Sep 26, 2022
Trail #175
Aug 26, 2021 @ 5:11pm
Aug 26, 2021
All tress are now cleared from the forest road 79 all the way to baldy! Enjoy!
West Chile
Aug 6, 2021 @ 2:42pm
Aug 6, 2021
Cleared all the down trees yesterday. trail is good to go. full chili loop should be clear now. ENJOY!
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