6 miles
Distance
614 ft
Climb
-615 ft
Descent
01:36:55
Avg time

Outer Limits Details

  • Riding area
    Aztec
    Aztec, New Mexico
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

Outer Limits is an extension of the Alien Trail loop, the two of which combined equal a 16-mile ride. Due to the length of the combined loops and the endurance required for this trail (it's an unrelenting intermediate trail without much variation), it is not recommended for beginners.

Immediately after departing Alien, the trail climbs a little over 200 feet of what would otherwise be a mellow to moderate climb; however, the entire climb is a babyhead rock garden, as is the majority of this trail's first four miles. If you begin this loop fatigued, you'll find a challenging grind ahead. After the initial push, you will descend and climb several times through slower, technical rock gardens with the steepest descents in the entire trail system. Your wrists and shoulders won't let you forget about this trail for days (think pounding, rocky descents). This loop is an exercise in endurance; no sections are particularly technical, but as you fatigue, front wheel placement may become sloppy and the unforgiving bowling ball-sized rocks will ruin your day.

The trail is very narrow, curvy, and not nearly as well worn as Alien, so long sleeves (glasses, obviously) and even leg protection is recommended if you hope to keep your skin intact. The stout junipers that line the trail whack your knuckles and tear at your shoulders and arms throughout the majority of the trail. But that's part of the fun so long as you're prepared!

Just when you start to doubt your skills and endurance, around mile four of the Outer Limits loop (roughly mile 8 total), the trail smooths out and begins a more flowing downhill trend. Then, at mile 6.5 of Outer Limits, you rejoin Alien to complete the circuit.

If you're looking for a fast, flowing 6+ miles of single track, this trail is not for you. If you want a moderately challenging but very rewarding rock garden that will test your climbing and descents, along with a few battle wounds from trees, you've found your place.

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More Stats for Outer Limits mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,509 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,774 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,537 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,536 ft
  • Grade
    -0.003%
  • Grade max
    -33.907%
  • Grade min
    23.887%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,191 ft
  • Avg time
    01:36:55
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on Oct 28, 2017
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Directions to outer-limits-104360 trailhead (36.877345, -107.839273)
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Oct 28, 2017 @ 1:42pm
Oct 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017 @ 8:11am
Oct 28, 2017
The lack of recent rain has made the sandy parts sandier.
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