4 miles
294 ft
-759 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Pinion Mesa Shortcut Trail
  • BLM
    Land Manager


  • Riding area
    Pinion Mesa
    Farmington, New Mexico
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Global Ranking

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.

Access Info

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Pinion Mesa Shortcut mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -465 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,578 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,049 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,044 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,578 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,206 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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