A Mountain - Trail, Las Cruces, Mexico

A Mountain - Trail, Las Cruces, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

Lots of rocky Singletrack and sandy roads around A mountain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 26, 2009]
Skelator 3000
Cross Country Rider

The trail is mostly hard packed gravel with some sandy washes. It is an "Intermediate" rated trail. However, if you can clear "Devil's buttcrack" both ways then you are an expert. There are several technical sections which may frustrate beginners. Mostly singletrack. The trail is more enjoyable if you circle the mountain counter-clockwise.

Customer Service

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Similar Products Used:

Dona Anas and Sierra Vista.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 15, 2007]
Chris
Cross Country Rider

Tortugas mountain... AKA...AGGIE mountain..AKA...A mountain
This trail is one of my favorites for numerous reasons:
1. It's so convenient to get to. If you have to be somewhere in an hour, you can drive to the back side of the mountain and unload to just do the loop once or twice depending on how fast you are... and you'll still make happy hour at the High Dessert Brewing company across town!

2. You can ride clockwise, or counterclockwise... pretty much is a completely different ride... your fast descents are tough technical climbs when ridden the opposite direction.

3. There are plenty of offshoots to the trail that offer some variety. If you're not much for the technical stuff, there's ample jeep trail around the mt. than can take you out to paved stuff (university to geo thermal drive) which will lead you up to the Organ mountains for a killer view. This is great cardio if you're training for a race. Used this route to train for 24 hrs of Moab, as well as the paved road to the top for a long arduous climb on top of the rocky technical stuff the trail has to offer.

4. Try it at night. This does wonders for your balance. The light colored sand can be ridden under a full moon without lights. The rest of the month you will need lights.

5. Try it on a hard tail. The slow moving technical grades will force you to hone your finesse skills and learn to conserve energy.

6. Someone made a comment about Devil's Throat... AKA Devil's Crotch that it cannot be ridden. Not true... I can ride it with daps going counter clockwise, and almost make the climb clockwise. I've also seen it ridden clean. (no dabs) One of the cool things about this trail... There's something for all levels.

7. Snakes vary year to year. Saw 8 rattlers in 2005. We're in their environment. It's the dessert!

8. You can do hill repeats from the back parking lot to work on climbing in loose conditions.

The way I see it. I've ridden in Utah, Colorado, California, and New Hampshire. Keene, New Hampshire was the only place I could ride out my front door and be on the trail in under 10 minutes besides A mountain. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this trail. I now live in Albuquerque near the University and it's 30 minutes to the nearest trail. I miss my A mt. :( Where else can you find your own personal trail to ride daily without having to burn fossil fuels to get there!

Customer Service

Clockwise or counterclockwise from Aggie memorial stadium.
Short on time. Drive to one of two parking lots off of University on the North side of the mountain and just do the 3 mile technical fun stuff a couple of times.

Similar Products Used:

Dona Ana mountains:
1-25 N Exit 19 follow the dump road N about 3-4 miles
Look for the bowl on the L (parking lot). Trail is on the East side of the dirt road you drove in on. Head toward the mountain.

Robledos
Opposite side of I-25 (west side)

Cloudcroft, NM 1 1/2 hr E on HWY70, Just E of Alamogordo, NM
Rim trail
Osha trail

El Paso, TX
Red Road
Franklin mountain trails (good road ride as well through the pass)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 19, 2006]
boisebomber
Cross Country Rider

maybe i missed something. i drove out university and parked at the lot near the radar towers. what i found leaving the p-l was hellish washout and/or baby heads. i couldn't ride this trail for 50% of the terrain i crossed unitl i gave up 30 minutes later.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 09, 2006]
timinator
Cross Country Rider

did i miss somehting? i drove out to a-mtn on universtiy. stopped at first p-lot. immediate trail was exteremly rutted and extreeeeeeeemly rocky. unridable in many parts. i gave up after 20 mins.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 24, 2005]
PAZ
Cross Country Rider

This is a very good trail for anyone who has mountain biked enough to tolerate a few hard climbs. The trail can be very fast and fluid, and also has some descent descents that can be ridden on a hardtail. I have ridden everytrail around and on the mountain numerous times, and think it is the best trail in Las Cruces. I've never seen any snakes on this trail, and have ridden more times than I can remember. Snakes are really more of an issue in the Robledos. This trail receives 4 chiles from me, the only reason I would not give it 5 is the devils crotch must be walked, and is a real nuisance.

Customer Service

Take geothermal and take a left heading East on a small trail you must look for, follow this trail to the water tower and continue it to the base of the mountain. Head up the mountain heading South, while going up it you will see a trail going down the mountain, you can follow this trail, it's pretty cool. You can also turn off where theres a big rock and head downhill and follow that trail around the mountain.

Similar Products Used:

Dona Anas, Robledos, Red Road trails

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 31, 2000]
octavio

Ride can be easy. But with a lot of speed and good riding skills, the ride turns into a fun 20+ ride.

Customer Service

start from the north side of the hill heading toward the west and then south toward east and west again. (counter clockwise)

Similar Products Used:

Dona Ana mountains, Picacho Peak and Robledo Mtns.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 06, 2000]
Clark

This is a great trail for any resident of Las Cruces because it is so close to the town that you can ride your bike from your house to the top of the mountain! The main trail is around 3.5 miles, but you can make this into 10 if you add some of the fun little trails that branch off it - try them all out, everyone will test your skill. The trail is mostly hardpack, with large rocks strewn all over, a couple very technical sections, and a few deep sand stretches. A few chances for some speed, but watch out for the cacti on the singletrack. Pretty good for nightriding too!

Customer Service

The main route runs along the base of the mountain, clockwise for advanced riders, counter for beginners.

Similar Products Used:

Dona Ana, Robledos, Sierra Vista trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 20, 2000]
DRUE

Starting from the NMSU campus around the mountain is a blast while starting from the parking area on
the northern side it is a downhillish ride that goes in about half the time. This trail, taken from either direction, is a crash course in desert terrain. Keep an eye out for the joggers and horses along the jeep trails surrounding the mountain. All things considered it is a nice training area. Snakes are around so keep an eye out, they are abundant. It's not the most challenging ride, but a good way to blow off pent up riding energy.

Customer Service

Start either from the NMSU campus (geothermal drive) and go up to the singletrack or from the parking area in the north.

Similar Products Used:

The dona ana's are fun, as is the Sierra Vista trail for the long haul type rides. Redd Road in El Paso is cool, but there have been political issues with this area (ie rangers can be dicks).

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 13, 2000]
Alex

The best thing about A mountain is that it is so close to my house. I ride my bike from my house straight to the mountain. It's the only real trail I've biked on but I think its fun and its not too difficult, I can ride 98% of the trail on my solid frame, but there are some side trails for the more adventurous. If you want a gorgeous view of the valley and dont mind a grueling climb and a steep descent you can take a steep trail that goes straight to the top of A-mountain. For those who enjoy a bit of risk on their trails, A-mountain is great. There's nothing like falling into a cactus to encourage your skills, and there are plenty of cacti to fall into. There are also plenty of snakes in the area, I've seen a bull snake and my partner nearly ran over a diamondback. Anyways, its a good ride and rarely fails to get my adrenaline going when im dodging cacti spines on a sometimes rocky singletrack. I give it 3 tires since I've never been on any other trails.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 20, 2002]
John

Just went up after a thunderstorm, the trail was relatively dry, chased up a few mule deer. Awesome trail. Only trail I have ridden so far, but it is forgiving to this beginner. There are grueling parts as well(uphills). The road to the top is a lungbuster, but worth it when you see the view... took me ten minutes to get up, two get back down. It is just a lot of fun. Recommend to anyone. Beginners and those of you who are experts can ride this no problem... it's all about fun.

Customer Service

Too many to choose from, just pick one, they're all fun.

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5
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