Pinion Mesa Trails - Trail, Farmington, Mexico

Pinion Mesa Trails - Trail, Farmington, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

Fast singletrack,sandy and technical in spots.Very challenging even for the expert.The potential of harm to body and bike as well as getting lost is high so riding with a local rider is recommended.For info and maps Cottonwood Cycles(505-326-0429),Havens Bikes (505-327-1727)and in Durango,CO Mountain Bike Specialists(970-247-4066).900'altitude gain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 10, 2007]
Joseph Sawyer
Weekend Warrior

This trail has also been dubbed the Cat Box trail because it is so sandy and about as fun as playing in a well used cat box - There are several routes and it is a good idea to have a map because the oilfield development constantly changes the lay of the land.
There are many dirt bikes and orv's on the trail which is in part the reason it is so sandy -
There are also some areas where the locals dump used appliances and furniture the shoot at it with all manner of firearms - a true San Juan County experience!
If you like the smell of two cycle mix, the sound of gunfire and the feel of tire sucking sand then park at the cottonwood and get after it!

Customer Service

Anywhere you can avoid getting run over or shot.

Similar Products Used:

the ALien!

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2
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2
[Jul 05, 2007]
J Sawyer
Weekend Warrior


Some of the locals call this the Cat Box Trail for two reasons, it is extremely sandy and a day on this trail is like playing in a well used litter box.
It is close to Farmington so it gets some traffic because you can ride to it right from town but there are many better options in the area.
This trail is often utilized by motorbikes and ORVs. This is part of the reason it is so sandy and this trail is perhaps left to the motorized crowd. There is also an area that locals use to dump trash and subsequently shoot at it with all manner of firearms.

Customer Service

Any route that isnt being used by a dirt bike or 4 wheeler.

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The Alien is a great trail with far more to offer than Pinion Mesa

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1
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3
[Nov 18, 1998]
Dave O

Pinion Mesa is an uplifted plateau beyond the NW city limits of Farmington,NM.The area is typical of the
Colorado Plateau,semiarid high desert with sagebrush
and pinion pine-juniper on the upper reaches of the
Mesa.Deep canyons,sandstone outcroppings and ledges
mixed with several dirt roads and crisscrossing
trails.Mtn bikers with an appetite for fast lenthy
downhills,leg-burning uphills and technical riding
all in one ride should check it out.The climb to the
top is 900'in 5.6mi.The Battle of the Badlands Race
is in April and attracts pros like Ned Overend,
Ruthie Matthes and others.A brutal race is a good
description of this event.

Customer Service

Pinion Mesa trails are known as the Short Course,
Long Course and the Outer Loop.Maps are available
at the local bike shops.Due to the complex topography
of the area,get a local to guide you around.Otherwise,
follow the bicycle tracks and orient yourself to the
local landmarks(Shiprock Peak-West,La Plata Mts-North,
Angel Peak-Farmington--East)

Similar Products Used:

The Glade-Road Apple Rally,numerous dirt roads,

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5
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[Sep 30, 2001]
Raoul

I think the scenery and topography in this area is superb - it's too bad that the trails were in such poor condition. To say that they're sandy in places would be a gross understatement - virtually all of the trails suffered from being completely blown open, very loose, and extremely sandy in the majority of the trails we rode. I don't know if this was a seasonal thing or an abberation or what but IMHO, it's very difficult to establish any rhythm or tempo while you're slogging through six inches of loose sand simply trying to maintain a line. It's a real shame because the area has so much to offer and if the trails were firmer could be ridden very aggressively. Unfortunately, there are so many miles of great trails in NM that I won't be in any hurry to come back until I can get some floatation tires for my mtn. bike!

Customer Service

We did the Outer Loop and some of the trails/roads in between.

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2
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 01, 2001]
Dr. Rearrango

Rode with Raoul in the SAND. Get a map (The local map from Cottonwood has to be one of the most accurate I've used)! Take lots o' agua! SAND! Be prepared for lots of deep SAND (loose-tire-swallowing) in tight pinon/juniper singletrack. The singletrack would be awesome if it wasn't for the SAND. Lots of elevation gain/loss through the arroyos, but the SAND really more tiresome.

El Tenedor del Diablo was one sweet ride. After Dubious ascent (descended direction), it follows a sweet little ridge for about 1.5 miles then back through some more SAND to the car.

Like Raoul, there's too many other trails (with less SAND)in NM to be ridden to come back anytime soon.

Customer Service

Outer loop round to Scalopamine to Dan's Driveway, up to road down dubious ascent then down El teneador del Diablo.

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2
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[Dec 08, 2001]
jimbo

We've been riding this in Nov-Dec. and it has been a crowd pleaser- technical spots, long gradual climbs, good views, fast singletrack. Sand was not a problem..maybe recent precip helps firm it up..? Do it!

Customer Service

I've done the clockwise long-course.

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Did the "Alien Ride" near Aztec. Better technical spots but not overall as good as Pinion Mesa.

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4
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[Jun 05, 2003]
b00f

I agree with everything Raoul and his bud said below. great reviews guys.

As far as what Jimbo said about the percipitation, he is absolutely right. It improves these trails IMMENSELY!!!

I'm still giving this just 2 tires though. These trails are still heavily tracked up by the local hicks on their ATV's and dirt bikes.

WHERE THE HELL ARE THE SIGNS?!?

It is still very easy to get lost out there with the map!

Customer Service

I prefer to park at the bottom of dubious ascent. Just to let you all know that is another option for ya.

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road apple is much better!!!

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2
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[Jun 11, 2003]

If you do the route I just mentioned the uphill will be boring but very scenic, and the downhill will be phenomenal. The downhill will consist of Dan's, Valley of the Dalls, and the beginning of Painful Visions. It is entirely singletrack and a ton of fun.


This route is very short and sweet (about 5.5 miles) but it is a great way to avoid the sand bullsh$t. 5 tires for the downhill section.

Customer Service

Just found a better route. Park at the crossing of the main work road that gets you up on the mesa and the "painful visions" trail. Then ride up the dirt road 2.5 miles untill you see the Dan's Driveway crossing with an oil well on your right. Turn onto Dan's just above the gas well to start the downhill. This part is great. There is one really cool part with a 3 foot vertical dropoff just after a "danger" sign. The trail merges into "valley of the dalls" and continues along a very cool ridge. Great singletrack and great views. Finally the trail takes a hard right onto "painfull visions" and has a very steep hill that will take you back to your car.
This route is very short and sweet (about 5.5 miles) but it is a great way to avoid the sand bullshit. 5 tires for the downhill section.

Similar Products Used:

road apple and alien run

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5
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