Elliot Barker Trail - TRAIL

Elliot Barker Trail - Trail, Angel Fire, Mexico

You can do either a good technical loop, or take all the way up to OSHA Meadow. The loop should be done by taking the west route first, which has some hardcore climbs. Once you get up to the old cabin, the uphill is not so bad, and you continue through forest land. Then you can either descend to complete the loop, or turn south to go to OSHA meadows. The east route back to the trailhead has several of the "whoop-de-dos" that Ojotios is famous for. Good jumps and a whole lot of fun.

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Strider   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2011]

I use this trail as part of my daily ride to work and I love it. There are multiple ways to go, with about 40 miles of total trail. I like the 6.5 mile loop which is a great 1 hour ride. You can go much longer, all the way out to South Boundary trail. It is a strenuous 13 mile ride. It takes my friend and I longer to ride these 13 miles (3.5 hrs)than the South Boundary (2.75 hrs). I love Hochi Minh 1 and 2 which is one of my favorite single tracks in New Mexico.

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I would recommend parking at the Eliot Barker trail head and really you can go either direction. If you head straight up the trail it is a great 40 minute climb with about 900 feet in elevation gain. The whole thing is rideable if you have your legs under you. If you go along the road from the trail head it is an easier more gradual climb. Hochi Minh is on the left at about 20 minutes in and Hochi Minh 2 is on the left also and about 25 minutes in. They both join each other and make a great loop. They are about 1/2 way up. Feel free to explore. It is almost impossible to get lost and there are many side trails that are wonderful hidden single track.

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haletrot   Weekend Warrior [Sep 27, 2004]

This is a great trail in the Taos area, and is a connector trail to the South Boundary trail which so many of these great trails do up here. It is a good climb up with several ways down. Great views of the sangre de cristos up here.

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haletrot   Weekend Warrior [Sep 27, 2004]

This is a great trail in the Taos area, and is a connector trail to the South Boundary trail which so many of these great trails do up here. It is a good climb up with several ways down. Great views of the sangre de cristos up here.

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Mr. T   [Mar 10, 2003]

The "official" description -

Elliott Barker Trail, Round-trip
Contact: Carson National Forest, Taos, www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson, (505) 758-6200

Elliott Barker Trail (Trail 1) runs along mountains flanking the Moreno Valley and Angel Fire. Its name memorializes a notable New Mexican conservationist. Trailhead pullout is off U.S. 64, 1.5 miles west of its intersection with the Angel Fire Highway (N.M. 434). Crank up the challenging climb for a couple of miles. Then, the Barker Trail runs south as truly as terrain allows, slowly gaining elevation through stands of fir and aspen. Ride through Apache Pass at about 3.5 miles, enter Valle Largo meadows at six miles and soon cross over FS 70 past Osha Pass. Keep riding south, enjoying the views of the valley and neighboring mountains, through Little Garcia Park, on around Osha Peak (elevation 10,770 feet), crossing Trail 164 at about 11 miles. The Barker Trail ends at FS 153 less than a mile farther. (Round-trip, 23 miles)

By, far, one of the toughest climbs in NM for biking!!

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Start at Palo Flechado, and connect at roadside by old abandoned cabin. Take Elliot Barker up to OSHA Mountain, then connect with South Boundary Trail. Go to Taos about 7 hours later, and hitch a ride back to car....

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