15 miles
Distance
1,827 ft
Climb
-1,827 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Ride at your own risk. 35 dollar yearly permit required if you cross state trust lands.

This upper loop is where the soil is much more stable than within the badlands. It consists of very narrow singletrack, some sandy arroyo crossings and lots of cactus. Trails ARE DIRECTIONAL. This trail system is for seasoned trail riders with a good set of advanced skills under their belt. Be self contained and have all the tools and supplies needed if something goes wrong. This is in the middle of nowhere and the desert can eat you up and spit you out if you are not 100% prepared. Read all signs and respect the trails. Keep it narrow. Leave it like you found it with minimum impact. Please stay on the trail and off the cryptobiotic crust to help slow erosion in this area. Fat tires are not required for this upper loop but recommended. Fat bikes are required within the badlands to help minimize trail damage and erosion. Keep singletrack single. Beware of snakes bears and mountain lions that occasionally pass through this area.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag Aps79 (Oct 27, 2018 at 15:21)
 Someone put some effort into these “trails”. They ride more like poorly marked fame trails. Easy to get lost despite all the signs. They are loose, poorly defined and not that much fun. Not really worth the drive from town. Wouldnt ride here again
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Trails in Route

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Upper loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    5,947 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,050 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,049 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -25.316%
  • Grade min
    25.961%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 3 (2 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency
9 | 1 comments
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