Gear Grinder

Total Miles


2,159.81 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Gear Grinder is an intermediate single track in the Cibola National Forest in a high desert terrain. Although less than 2 miles long, this one is harder than some of the other nearby trails because it has very tight turns, slightly bigger obstacles, and some more difficult rocky climbs/descents. It has hairpin turns through the pinyon pine trees that are covered in loose rock and embedded slab rock. It has climbing sections where it's a 40-foot-long stretch of small ledges that have loose rocks and stair-steps and roots that are more challenging. It has sections like this going both up and down, so it would be the same difficulty in either direction. It's a short trail but a fun challenge. It parallels the Pinyon Trail, which is much easier and can be taken instead if you want to avoid this challenge.


This is an intermediate desert single track with rocky climbs and ledge obstacles.

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Access Description

The Manzanita Mountain Trail System is a very well-maintained multi-use area popular for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and dirt bikes. There are 40+ trails ranging from a mile to 5 miles long of varying difficulties between easy and advanced in a Chihuahuan desert terrain in the Cibola National Forest. There's enough trails for 2-3 days of riding, and is best in fall and spring when it's not too hot. Be aware of oncoming traffic since there are lots of tight turns and it can be busy. There are several staging areas from the north off of Chamiso Canyon Road, as well as the Tunnel and Pine Flat Trailheads along State Road 337, and from the south at the Oak Flat Trailhead.

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