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Wheeler Peak singletrack

Summary

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Tucked away in the New Mexico Rockies, this mountain bikers paradise remains largely undiscovered, even to this day. This tour is designed for serious mountain bikers. Sweet singletrack awaits you in the realm of Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest summit.

Mountain bike
5 days
205 km / 127 mi
$ 1,571.-
  • Price subject to change.
  • Our tour has the one and only commercial guiding permit in this area!
  • Remote camping tour.
  • Excellent meals and support, Snacks and sport-drinks included.
  • Including souvenir shirt.
  • Guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts.
  • Camping equipment rental: 3 p. tent, sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress, not inclusive ($103)
  • Please arrive in New Mexico at least 12 hours prior to your departure time in order to have time to rest before the tour.
  • Guaranteed Trip Departure Policy

    You will have the option of paying an extra $400 pp to guarantee that your trip will run even with only 2 bookings. If we receive 2 other bookings then we will refund or not charge the extra $400 pp.

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Details

Type
Mountain bike
Duration
5 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Technical level
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat
Average = narrow paths, steep climbing
Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Difficult
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
205 km / 127 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Rental
Dates
08 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019 - 02 Aug 2019
05 Aug 2019 - 09 Aug 2019
19 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
26 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Start
Taos (12.00)
Finish
Taos (14.00)
Transfer
Santa Fe / Albuquerque transfer from airport not incuded
Airport at start
Albuquerque Int. Airport (ABQ)
Airport at finish
Albuquerque Int. Airport (ABQ)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 1,571.-
Camping gear rental
3-man tent with fly and group tarp, three-season 30 degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow(you provide the pillow case) and a self-inflating ground pad
$ 103.-
Optional
Shuttle Albequerque
Roundtrip
$ 86.-
Optional
rental mountain bike
Specialized Stumpjumper
$ 257.-
Optional

Itinerary

Day 1:

Garcia Park, Medicine Wheel, South Boundary Trail
From Santa Fe, we shuttle to Taos and the high Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Carson National Forest. Our shuttle ascends through aspen and pine, climbing to Garcia Park, which will serve as our base camp for two nights. We have lunch, and enjoy the views of the rugged Wheeler Peak Wilderness from our perch at 10,000ft. After lunch, we ascend 300 feet to the Medicine Wheel, atop Paradise Park, where we enjoy spectacular views of Wheeler Peak and the Taos Valley, 3,000 feet below. Next, our route takes us on the Lower Route of the South Boundary Trail. This trail is widely recognized as one of the best in New Mexico. It is so exciting and challenging, some riders claim they should charge admission! Although the first 12 miles are mellow, the last three drop 2,200 feet down to the Taos Valley. Between the views, long stretches of sweet singletrack, and challenging rock gardens near the end of the ride, this trail literally has it all. We pop out in Taos and shuttle back to camp at Garcia Park. A home-cooked dinner is a welcomed reward for first day out on the trails. Relax and make yourself at home.

Day 2:

South Boundary Trail – Magic Carpet Ride
After breakfast, we head out on an extended morning ride. From camp, we follow singletrack out to twisty network of jeep roads, where a series of epic, lungbusting climbs awaits. The challenge of navigating these winding trails is almost as demanding as the cardio - good thing your guide is leading the way! Next up is a ride on the "magic carpet" that is the South Boundary Trail. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride as we cascade down the magically fun trail as at twists, turns, and bumps along the way. A short climb brings you and your wide smile back to camp for a hot lunch. Then sit back and relax, you've earned a late afternoon nap or catch another descent on yesterdays South Boundary!

Day 3:

Bob Sled to Angel Fire
Today’s ride takes us down what we call the “bob sled”. From camp descend 200 feet on fast rolling jeep track. At the bottom, we shuttle to the Angel Fire Ski Resort to ride the 2005 World Cup XC course. A rare-treat, this is a trail designed by world-class riders FOR world-class riders, so bring you’re A-game! A long hill climb delivers us to a tight, technical climbing section fraught with tricky moss covered boulders. Overall we climb 1500ft. up the mountain. Then catch your breath and get ready, as we head back down the mountain on the intense downhill half of the course. Designed to test the best riders, this run will you put you in your place with rocky, tight singletrack, complete with jumps and drops. The seemingly never-ending trail delivers us all the way back to the base of the mountain. For the feint of heart, an inviting pub and deck help pass the afternoon. Afterwards, we all head to camp at Red River for another fun and laidback evening under the stars.

Day 4:

Lost Lake
A morning shuttle takes us to Lost Lake trailhead where we head out on yet another great day of riding. The ride starts off with a tough jeep road climb, but soon enough it peters out into smoother singletrack. Switchbacks ease the route, and we settle into a comfortable cruising climb. Just when you are lulled into a sense of complacency, the bottom drops out! We reach the top, and the terrain changes dramatically as we ride 1.5 miles along the edge of a steep slope, with beautiful views of Wheeler Park a quick glance away. Resist the urge to stare off into the scenic distance, this off-camber riding demands careful attention. As we get close, we reach the wilderness boundary, and hike the last bit of the way to Lost Lake. Tucked deep in the wilderness, out of reach for car-bound Tourists, this rarely visited gem is likely the most picturesque mountain lake you'll ever visit! After taking time to enjoy this special place, we return to our bikes and head back down the mountain. We wiz back down in about 1/3 it took us to climb up- the same great riding and crisp scenery, without all the hard work; what's not to love?!

Day 5:

Taos Ski Valley/Frazer Mountain
We have one of our newest and favorite rides in store for you today—Northside Ski Resorts Alpine/Frazer Mountain. A lung-busting and challenging climb from Taos Ski Valley takes us up to the top of New Mexico's highest mountains. Our ride winds along purpose-built single-track with stellar views into the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.
After taking a very long break atop Frazer Mountain at 12,200 feet (trust us you will need it), we drop 3000 feet all the way back down! After lunch, we shuttle back to Santa Fe and Albuquerque respectively.

The camping at Garcia Park is primitive with no running water. At this campsite we utilize
our own portable
toilet. In Red River, we use an improved campground with pit toilets. There are no shower facilities, but solar
showers will be available. Cell phone service is available only when driving through Taos or Red River.

This is a general itinerary and may vary. The tour operator reserves the right to make changes
due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may
affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change .

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