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Sunspot Highway, Cloudcroft New Mexico

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Distance
16.95 mi
Elevation gain
3,153 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
2,618 ft
Max elevation
9,580 ft
TrailRank 
35
Min elevation
8,612 ft
Trail type
One Way
Coordinates
594
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September 6, 2011
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9,580 ft
8,612 ft
16.95 mi

near Cloudcroft, New Mexico (United States)

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Itinerary description

Lots of twist, turns and climbs. The shoulders on this road are wide in most places and the traffic is light. The most common obstacle along this route is the local wildlife. Be prepared to run into mule deer, elk and cattle. The route is difficult because of its altitude and steep climbs but is doable by most riders who are in good shape. Riders who enjoy climbing and fast descents will have a good time on this ride. High Altitude Bike Shop in Cloudcroft can also provide plenty of off road options.

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  • Photo of Lindell
    Lindell Sep 6, 2011

    I have wanted to do this ride for a long time. I was not disappointed but I was caught off guard. One week ago I was burning up in the HHH. During this ride I saw fog, drizzle, pouring rain, sleet and snow. I was thankful for a raincoat left in my truck just in case and a long sleeve shirt thoughtfully brought by my wife. If you do this ride make sure you’re prepared for anything and give yourself some time to acclimate to the altitude.

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