Devisadero Loop - Trail, Taos, Mexico

Devisadero Loop - Trail, Taos, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

This is tough. Very Expert Very steep. some walking and climbing. Tough. Pretty at the top of the ride.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 09, 2010]
chuck80442
Weekend Warrior

I consider myself a solidly intermediate rider, and this trail kicks my ass every time I ride it. The first .7 miles are the roughest, so don't give up. At .7 take the left trail. This is longer but less technical and has much less foot traffic. It is 3.4 miles from the parking lot to the top via this north approach. Some technical stuff, but not as much as the south (right at .7 junction).

At about mile 3.0 (the only other junction) take a right to the top of Divisadero peak. 45 minutes of riding (and 15-20 minutes of breaks)got me to the top, exhausted. I walked a few sections too. Long rest at the top in a comfy stone throne, then I suggest returning the same way you came up.

And this is where you realize that this trail is pretty amazing. A sweet bit of singletrack in the pines and wildflowers, big views, steep enough and rocky enough to keep you focused. 27 minutes down to the parking lot. This is a swell trail, right outside of town, good for building skills and leg/lung capacity. Don't ride it at high noon in June as I just did...although I did have the trail all to myself.

Customer Service

Again, stay left at the .7 junction, and return the same way.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 02, 2008]
AgustinG
Cross Country Rider

Good for when you need a short ride, and convenient to get to. It's less than a 10-minute ride from downtown Taos. Great if you like proving what a great climber you are, and the southern side is a technical nightmare. All the rocks are sharp and there is plentiful cactus conveniently located just where you will fall. Nice views over Taos to the west. As an added bonus, any hikers you encounter will think you are a complete stud (or studette) for attempting to ride a bike up this trail.

Customer Service

The other descriptions here are fairly accurate, but note that you will encounter steep, rocky hike-a-bike sections before you get to the fork in the trail. Don't give up; you will get to it eventually. The branch to the left puts you on the northern exposure and is fun and pretty much 100% ridable, plus offers plenty of shade. Next time I ride this, I will descend by this route as well. The other branch of the trail stays on the top of the ridge and on the southern exposure. It's not only steep and rocky, but also hot. Descending this side is a challenge, but I wouldn't call it fun. There are numerous tight switchbacks that my bike just wouldn't negotiate, as I found out the hard way (thanx, the bruises have healed). My recommendation: skip the southern side completely. It's hard to grade the aerobic difficulty, because the first section up to the fork is a 5, but it is generally easier after that. Ditto the technical rating; the southern side is a 5, the northern side a 3 or 4. Overall I give it a 4, but only because it is so easy to get to from town.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 03, 2005]
Jim Beam
Cross Country Rider

An exciting and challenging trail for intermediate and expert riders. Lots of rock gardens, ledges, and tight switchbacks. Awesome views of Taos and the Rio Grande gorge.

Customer Service

I recommend riding the loop portion in both directions, in order to make the ride longer. If you just ride it in one direction it's over too soon. This trail gets a lot of foot traffic, so either ride it on a weekday or be prepared to stop for a lot of hikers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 06, 2005]
Timo
Cross Country Rider

Short, but technical loop with great climbs and staircase/switchback type descents. Single track, forested climbs, with south facing, moderately open descent. In all honesty, if you are not in a fit condition then this trail will not be fun for you. However, if you are fairly acclimatized (8 to 9k)and can ride technical challenges, then this will be one of your favorites.

Customer Service

The previous reviewer had it correct, you should take a left at the first intersection when climbing up from US 64. This lefthand side has some straight smooth and steep climbing sections with some tight turns. You will eventually come to the intersection with the Capulin Trail and can turn here to do the NBT as an out and back, or continue on the Devisadero Trail and climb to the peak, then the ridge and descent like a bandit on the technical stuff. The views are amazing and there are rock drops galore, with tight turns, and some short steeps thrown into keep you honest.

Similar Products Used:

Eveything in Taos Canyon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 24, 1999]
T Sampson

This is tough. Loose igneous rock and cinder type trail in spots. steep, some carrying involved. Pretty on top. Suggest you go with a few stupid friends so you can laugh at each other. Other trails farther up 64 are more fun.

Customer Service

Leave Taos on 64 (not 63) or 585. Just past the junction of these two you find the trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Go by Native Sons Adventure on the main drag in south Taos and pick up The Map. These guys made a rubber, tearproof map of every trail within 30 miles and there are 45 of them! Nice people in both bike shops in town.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 11, 1999]
Cody

This trail kicks ass. It is for the hardcore only, if you are just starting I would not tell you to go on this trail. It has a lot of climbing and kick ass downhills. Make sure you take lots of tubes because flats happen often.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 17, 1999]
Robert

This is a fun hard trail that goes straight up to the ridgeline. You ride the ridge for a while, and then come to the top were two rock chairs have been stacked. Rest here with your friends and then go straight back down on the other side. If you can make it up without stopping and down without wrecking then you are a stud. Take plenty of water and a patch kit.

Customer Service

See above.

Similar Products Used:

Red River, Angel Fire, and South Boundary Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 24, 2001]
Bryan

While travelling uphill, going left at the loop junction will result in a longer, but easier ride. For less-technically proficient riders, I would recommend taking this option and returning the same way. Going right at the junction results in rocks, steeps, switchbacks and some hike-a-bike sections. Depends on your preference. A real nice ride for the physically fit and experienced rider. A tough go for anyone less than that.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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