Gilberts Trail - Trail, El Paso, Texas

Gilberts Trail - Trail, El Paso, Texas

DESCRIPTION

"Gilbert's Trail" is a trail of all skills, I'd say. It's mostly all singletrack, with some 4-wheel made trails, here and there. There are so many different trails to take, that I haven't been on all., but I've been on a majority of them. *Some* parts can get fairly technical-being on the sides of mountains and so. It's steady uphill, so the ride back down is a blast. It can get pretty scary with the trails lined with cactus..Crash and you'll be left under the hot desert sun for the rattle snakes and coyotes!

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 28, 2013]
mtbikemikel
Cross Country Rider

Like most folks have said... a lot of rocks and cactus and if you don't know how to ride rocks, you'll be frustrated and will end up walking and pushing your bike uphill a lot.

The trails not marked and you may end up going in circles but it's hard to get lost with the mountain looming in the background which will help you find your bearing no matter what.

If you like a trail that flows nicely up and down where you get rewarded with some nice flowey downhill for busting your butt to go up.... this probably isn't what you're looking for. Going down on the rocks here was a bit jarring. Not complaining... just saying.

I gave 4's on aerobic and technical... More like 5's for intermediate/inexperienced riders.

Customer Service

Can't really say... I just hit it and rode towards the mountain then back.

To get to the trail there's a trail head and parking lot where Redd Rd becomes Northern Pass drive. Enter the trail on the climb by what I believe is a water plant. From there, just follow the trails and have fun.

See the link below... hope it works.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=franklin+hawk+rd+el+paso+tx&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x86e75618e9d09761:0x6d9c161affdad2fb,Franklin+Hawk+Ave,+El+Paso,+TX+79912&gl=us&ei=HhkeUtGBHYa32wWgy4HQAQ&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAA

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Just visiting... haven't ridden any others.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 09, 2007]
boisebomber
Cross Country Rider

most reviews say it all....i would simply add....90% rock to loose rock. the so -called moab like sections are sharp, jagged limestone, quite a bit different from relatively smooth moab type sandstone. elevation of 4500'-5000' make it a littel hard on sea-level dwellers.
still a great ride with lots of trials.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 13, 2007]
Glassphisheye
Weekend Warrior

The map above is totally wrong!!! Go up Redd road until you hit Dakota ridge. Take a right up dakota and follow it to the top. You will see the trails straight ahead.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 14, 2007]
glassphisheye
Weekend Warrior

Trails are good and getting better. New trails are popping up all the time. There are now some good freeride trails with ladder drops, teeter totters and wooden bridges to conquer. There are also some great classic trails like tin mine, little moab, spinal tap, Mabery etc. Most trails have a low degree of technical challenge though they are very fun.

Customer Service

Negotiator to lower Mabery and over to peak two, then little Moab to Tin Mine.

Similar Products Used:

Utep trails are sick! lots of tech and wooden obstacles. Rough Rider Canyon, Cloudcroft, Dog Canyon, Boozers, Stanton trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 07, 2006]
blainefree
Cross Country Rider

I grew up in Denver, CO and recently moved here to El Paso. I was unsure what to expect from a mountain biking standpoint. So far, I am pretty pleased; however, some recent rainstorms in the area have really taken a toll on the trails around El Paso. These Redd Road trails are pretty fun, although the terrain is very inconsistent. Sometimes you are riding in deep gravel, other times on sand, and yet other times you are riding on firm rock staircases almost like Moab, UT. The most fun is obviously the latter and you can find the moab-like conditions toward the top of the trail system close to Trans-mountain road. There are some very challenging and technical single track trails in this area near Transmountain road. If you are on top of your game, you can conquer the trails both uphill and down without dismounting your bike; however, the cacti on both sides of the singletrack can intimidate you pretty easily, because one mistake and you bite it, you are toast in the cactus. I mostly ride by myself and I have to admit there is one part of the trail that I dismount and hike past because there is probably a 30-40% chance I will be in the cacti and I am not having that. Anywhere else in the country it is just another bruised shin or knee but on this trail the stakes are a bit higher. I also rode past a nervous rattle snake on the way down. I thought I blew my tire since it sounded like a big gust of air coming out of my tire. I looked to my rear tire and I saw the snake. The thing about El Paso riding that has most impressed me though is how pretty the desert is. Maybe it is because of the recent rainstorms I mentioned earlier, but the wide variert of desert flowers and cacti make for a truly unique mountain biking environment.

Customer Service

Take Redd Road until it ends near Helen of Troy Road. The trailhead is visible at the end of Redd Road. Take the jeep trail up toward transmountain road. After about .50 to .75 miles take a left at the first single track trail you see. Go through the arroyo valley and head up the first mesa. Keep following the trail which is at times single track and other times a jeep trail (double track). Follow up till you see a single track trail on the right going up a little mountain peak. That is where the little system of fun moab like trails are. Enjoy.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 13, 2006]
Heckler10812
Downhiller

The Gilberts Trails are Now commonley known as the Redd Road Trails and are just as good as ever, A lot of home building HAS destroyed a lot of the lower trails like the trail to the pumpkin , & Dead Valentines trail ..But a lot of new trails have popped up as well like p2 & pause & reflect along with all the old favorites like Lechugilla Trail , The Worm , Brujos Garden , Mayberry , Etc...If you tried to connect all the trails at redd road it would probabley be a good 20 to 30 mile ride, Needless to say there is still plenty to ride at Redd Road from XC to FREERIDE.......

Customer Service

To access the trails exit redd road from Interstate 10 on the west side of el paso , Take redd road toward the mountain range past the high School and past Westwind Keep going on redd road until you see a street on the right named Dakota Ridge , Take a right on Dakota Ridge and follow the street until it ends at the top , Park anywhere in the area at the top of dakota ridge st... You can access the single track from here ....The good thing about the redd road trails is its hard to get lost because the trails sit on the side of the mountain , So in other words you gotta go up to come down , so any trail you take will most likly bring you back to where you started.....

Similar Products Used:

Franklin Mountain State Park , Monks Trails , Arroyo Park, UTEP Trails, The "Outback" , Rough Rider Canyon Freeride Park , Donna Anna Trails , A Mountain , Sierra Vista Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 31, 2005]
BlurRider
Cross Country Rider

The trails out here are great but unfortunately we have lost a lot of the trails due to the all the new home construction. Many of the old trails are still out there but getting to them is not as fun as it used too. You can still start at the Lechuguilla trail at the bottom but you have to know how to get there. From there you can go to the Worm, Milo's Revenge and the Altar, these trails are very technical and not for beginners, then down to the Rock Pile. Or you can bypass all of this and go straight to the Rock Pile. The best way to start out here now is to drive to the end of Dakota Ridge which is the last street at the end of Redd Rd to your right. From there you can start towards the pallet and you can either take Mayberry or Little Moab which are both fun rides. From there you can take other trails to prolong your ride.

Customer Service

To get to the Lechuguilla trail park at the end of Helen of Troy. Once there ride your bike on the unpaved street to the first street and take a left and ride up for about two blocks until you see an empty corner block on your right and go in there until you see the trail. To start at the top of Dakota Ridge go on Redd Rd until it ends and take a right on Dakota Ridge and keep going until it ends. From there you can see the single track just follow it and go where ever you please.

Similar Products Used:

Monks, Dona Ana in Las Cruces, Tom Mays State Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 27, 2005]
Jake Bean
Weekend Warrior

Gilberts trail is a great all-around biking area. It has singletrack to meet your XC needs, and some rough sections to shred as well (for all you freeriders and downhillers)! For the most part it is pretty easy riding, and pretty fun. The construction has really taken its toll on the trails, they've completely wiped out the lower singletracks. The really good trails are the highest ones, these are the most challengin and fun. They are close to Trans Mt. Road, but be careful, biffed it and had to get 7 stitches in my chin and 3 in my lip! It was worth it, good trail.

Customer Service

I-10 to Redd Road. Follow Redd until it turns into a contstruction zone, then head through the construction toward the mountain to find the trails.

Similar Products Used:

Monks off Mesa !!Rough Rider Canyon Freeride Park!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 11, 2003]
Zed Cohen
Cross Country Rider

Awesome view at sunset, nice and cool at sunrise. Great single track, very fast at times, made to ride at any level, great work out, and most of all FUN!!!!

Customer Service

Same as above..

Similar Products Used:

Monks Trail off of Mesa. Information can be obtained at Crazy Cat Cyclery

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 1999]
Marcel Fortuin

Great trail. Rugged wild and a bit deceiving. It looks flat but your legs will tell you that it isnt. Not really for the beginning biker, its quite rocky. The first time I hated it, until I turned back, the ride downhill is great. Definitely worth the struggle getting up there. And when after some rest at sea-level you take on your regular trail youll be flying. Ive done 4 different routes so far, theyve all been great. Watch out for the cacti and aloes, bring enough water and use slime in your tubes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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