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Bike Directory : Self-Guided Mountain Bike Rides

Mt. Sedgewick Summit Trail
Cibola National Forest, New Mexico

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE AT A GLANCE

Difficulty: Advanced
Elevation: 7600 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1800 ft.
Ride Distance: 15 miles
Time: 4 hours
Scenic Quality: AAA - Killer!!!

How to get there:

Exit #53 (Thoreau, NM) on I-40, turn south onto NMSR #612 for 14 miles to the entrance to Cibola national forest. Road becomes a good dirt/gravel trail. Follow for about 7 miles along Bluewater Creek to the beginning of Prop Canyon Road. Trail then ascends steeply, and continues to the base of Mt. Sedgewick, total altitude height of 9,400 ft. Spectacular aspen and various pine forest (piņon, juniper, and ponderosa dominate). Once at top of Mt. Sedgewick, you can see the entire forest for about a radius of 65 miles. Extremely strong winds at the top of Mt. Sedgewick.

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The ride:

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Camping:

Two dry campgrounds at Post Office Flats and Ojo Redondo. If camping, you must bring your own supplies, including water. Please remember area is prone to drought conditions, even if heavily forested; take extreme care with any open fires. Nights become very chilly (average 45 degrees from May to September).

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Lodging:

Zuni Mountain Lodge about 1 mile before Cibola National Forest entry. Great food, pleasant atmosphere, reasonable rates. PH: (505) 862-7616

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