13 miles
Distance
2,761 ft
Climb
-2,760 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

We have this marked as Difficult as your pace and fitness will ultimately determine your enjoyment. Note, lots of hikers use the Borrego/Bear Wallow Triangle, so please be courteous.

This route encompasses some of the best climbs in the Santa Fe area of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Oh yeah, the descents are great fun too. The area is a nicely forested, classic Santa Fe chunk route with lung busting climbs and ripping descents.

We recommend parking at the bottom of 'Nuns Corner' on Hyde Park road. It's the only downhill section of the road heading up to the ski basin, so it's hard to miss. There's parking on the shoulder of both sides of the road.

Your climb starts on pavement until you reach the Chamisa Trailhead on your left. Enjoy the climb up Chamisa, as it gets your heart pumping fast right out the gate. At the top of the ridge, you'll go down the other side of Chamisa, blasting a ripping descent to the Winsor trail.

Climb the moderate section of the Winsor and pass Bear Wallow Trail (you'll come down this) and continue to Borrego Trail. Hang a right and proceed to climb until you reach the intersection of Bear Wallow.

Have fun descending Bear Wallow back to the Winsor, head back up the backside of Chamisa, but now hang a right and continue along the steep and technical Saddleback Trail. Saddleback undulates with ups and down and follows a ridgeline with awesome views of town. The descent will keep you on your toes.

Hook up to the Juan trail and follow downhill through the chunk and keep staying left until you find the creek and pedal back to your car.

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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
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  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Sangre Figure 8 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,504 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,534 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,536 ft
  • Grade max
    -41.4%
  • Grade min
    39.8%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,229 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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