10 miles
Distance
900 ft
Climb
-901 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

This route is one of our classics combining both sides of La Tierra and enjoying some of our favorite segments. The Figure 8 goes clockwise on the east side, then counterclockwise on the west side.

Starting at the La Cuchara (the white Unitarian church off the highway), you'll cross the arroyo and catch the first segment of singletrack as you climb up and past the waterline road that bisects La Tierra and continue towards Camino de los Montoyas.

Once you safely cross the road, you will begin what has been nicknamed by some the 'toilet bowl' and ride the loop clockwise, enjoying some rock, loose, and swoopy descents and mellow climbs.

Cross back across Camino de Los Montoyas the way you came, but now continue west as you make a large loop on the outer ridge trails of La Tierra proper.

The final highlights include the zigzag to connect to the 'Whoops" and finish on the Pirate Trail, two segments of rollercoaster-like features. Keep your eyes on the horizon for the church and you're home sweet home.

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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
More Stats for La Tierra Figure 8 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,980 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,078 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,077 ft
  • Grade max
    -22.3%
  • Grade min
    16.7%
  • 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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      La Tierra #1 - #2
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 10:06am
      Jul 12, 2020
      Great riding!! Perfect conditions. Thanks to the volunteers who maintain La Tierra!!
      La Tierra #8 - #9
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 10:06am
      Jul 12, 2020
      Great riding!! Perfect conditions. Thanks to the volunteers who maintain La Tierra!!
      La Tierra #5 - #13
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 5:49pm
      Jul 11, 2020
      Great riding!! Perfect conditions. Thanks to the volunteers who maintain La Tierra!!
      La Tierra #13 - #14
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 5:49pm
      Jul 11, 2020
      Great riding!! Perfect conditions. Thanks to the volunteers who maintain La Tierra!!
      La Tierra #9 - #29
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 5:49pm
      Jul 11, 2020
      Great riding!! Perfect conditions. Thanks to the volunteers who maintain La Tierra!!
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