Beanfield Ridge

Total Miles
1.1

Elevation

2,184.46 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

Beanfield Ridge is a short single track through a grassy high desert terrain that is easy to miss from both entrances because there are no trail markings in this area. It departs from Maria's Canyon Road and goes along a ridge on the top of a dry grassy mesa. The trail is a mix of sand, gravel, and dirt. It's pretty narrow, overgrown, and troughed in spots. It drops down off the mesa with a couple of tight turns and a small slab rock drop-off. It crosses a dirt road and goes into a ravine directly across the road, which is easy to miss. At this point, the trail goes through a burn area, so it has become overgrown with grass and downed logs and is faint and hard to see. It is extremely helpful to have a GPS map here to follow the trail to connect to the dirt road on the north end. You'll have to pick your way through some downed logs. The trail is relatively easy to follow up until this point, but there are several cow trails that look exactly like the main trail which sometimes can make it confusing.

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Beanfield Ridge
Beanfield Ridge
Beanfield Ridge

Difficulty

This is an easy single track with a couple of tight turns and one rock drop-off, but it will require some route finding skills at times.

Technical Rating

3

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Access Description

The OHV system north of the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is a completely unmarked and loosely maintained riding area made up of several intermediate single tracks connected by rocky and sandy jeep roads. Riding this area is essentially impossible without a GPS map, as the trails are very faint and unmarked, and will require extensive route finding. This area is best in fall and spring, as summer can be pretty hot here. The trails are a fun and unique mix of desert and pine forest with some intermediate challenges. Although there is no official staging area for these trails, there are a few hiking trailheads and dirt pull-offs along Rendija Road that can work as a staging area to ride these trails. From Rendija Road, take Maria's Canyon (FS 416), which has lots of deep ruts and rocks.

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