8 miles
Distance
931 ft
Climb
-931 ft
Descent
01:19:01
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Horsethief Mesa Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Horsethief Mesa Details

  • Riding Area
    Arroyo Hondo
    Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #38310 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM

Hard packed moon dust with 1"+ gravel sprinkled all over. Many of the tighter areas of the singletrack seem to be peppered with pool-ball sized rocks. Wide tires running low psi will rip here. If you can keep traction in the climbs they will be easy, if not you might spin out to the point of having to walk. Some of the singletrack ruts are deep and steep so precision is required in order to not pedal-strike, only a couple of these and they are short. IMO riding it counter-clockwise is easier (and more fun) than riding it clockwise.

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More Stats for Horsethief Mesa bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,876 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,164 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,114 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,113 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -26.936%
  • Grade min
    21.91%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    01:19:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:08
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Status:
on Dec 26, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Gate Gate
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      Directions to horsethief-mesa trailhead (36.559545, -105.688283)
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      Horsethief Mesa Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Dec 26, 2018 @ 12:40pm
      Dec 26, 2018
      solid 3 inches
      Dec 21, 2018 @ 10:45am
      Dec 21, 2018
      HorseThief Trail, 21Dec has snow areas on the north slopes, some are rather long, there is occasional ice, and mud, and mesa mud is sticky and...
      Nov 2, 2018 @ 5:14pm
      Nov 2, 2018
      Still pretty wet from last snow. Might be ridable by the 3rd, but right now non-negotiable mud, especially over the top in the sage flats. cJ
      Sep 9, 2018 @ 8:30am
      Sep 9, 2018
      Mar 11, 2018 @ 7:44am
      Mar 11, 2018
      Trail and viewing of both the Rio Grande Gorge and snow capped peaks are awesome!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 10 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 60 rides
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      Sep 14, 2018 @ 6:50pm
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      Aug 25, 2018 @ 6:18am
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      Aug 25, 2018 @ 6:18am
      Aug 25, 2018
      15 |
      Mar 11, 2018 @ 7:46am
      Mar 11, 2018

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Horsethief Mesa loop starting at the Transfer Station TH
      11 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Jong84123 (Aug 25, 2018 at 6:16)
       Nice warm up run. Good views of the gorge as well. Not very technical. Hills are short, but enough to give you a little workout. I took my time and took some pics along the way. Took me about 1:30. You are allowed to park outside the gate by the road.
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