6 miles
Distance
895 ft
Climb
-863 ft
Descent
01:22:44
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Outer Limits Trail
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    BLM
    Land Manager

Outer Limits Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Alien Run
    Aztec, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #24132 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

More Stats for Outer Limits bike trail
  • Altitude change
    32 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,498 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,528 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,560 ft
  • Grade
    0.096%
  • Grade max
    -23.203%
  • Grade min
    19.43%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,390 ft
  • Avg time
    01:22:44
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Status:
on Apr 26, 2019
Dry
Avg: 2.65 (3 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Icy
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      Directions to outer-limits-104360 trailhead (36.877329, -107.839292)
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      Outer Limits Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 26, 2019 @ 9:09am
      Apr 26, 2019
      In serious need of TLC
      Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:17am
      Mar 29, 2019
      Dry and in fine condition. But Outer Limits is different than the rest of the Alien trails. It is rocky, faint in places and has a few technical...
      Sep 20, 2018 @ 7:01am
      Sep 20, 2018
      Could be a little better marked and some brush cut back in places but really nothing wrong with the trail. Loose rocks, a lot more work than...
      Feb 27, 2018 @ 3:22pm
      Feb 27, 2018
      Primarily dry but not a fun ride. Somehow you only go uphill and it's all lose river rocks.
      Feb 25, 2018 @ 10:09am
      Feb 25, 2018
      Decent amount of snow in the shaded spots, which made climbing and some of the more rocky sections a bit of a challenge. The soil started to...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 14 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 31 rides
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      1 Review & Comments

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      flag wgwestervelt (Apr 26, 2019 at 15:57)
       This trail is in serious need of some TLC and even some rerouting. The basics are there but the babyhead climb is really unnecessary and a number of the downhills are washed out because they did not bother to switchback them. This trail could be great but as it stands it just feels like a lot of work for not much reward.
      I also about had my head taken off by a juniper branch - the trail has not been pruned in ages.
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