A 11 mile loop through the badlands up to the top of Pinion Mesa and back down through the Junipers. The climb to the top can be rather difficult in places, and the softness of the trail will keep you challenged as far as momentum. Once you reach the top, stop and take in the views - Shiprock, and Hogback are in the background, and then you have a very long section of downhill cruising so you can catch your breath. There is not much cover for the first 5 miles of the climb, so this is a trail best reserved for spring and fall, along with early morning rides in the summer.
From the intersection of 30th Street and Hwy 170, head north on 170 for approximately .7 miles. On the left hand side of the road, you will see a single, large Cottonwood tree in a small parking lot. Trail head starts at the green gate.
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More Stats for Pinion Mesa Shortcut mountain bike trail
Altitude change-465 ft
Altitude min5,578 ft
Altitude max6,049 ft
Altitude start6,044 ft
Altitude end5,578 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat2,206 ft
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