Jackalope

Total Miles
2.1

Elevation

2,212.16 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

Jackalope is a 2.3-mile-long single track that starts directly off State Highway 337 with no staging or parking area. The trail just starts behind a gate. You wouldn't notice this trail is here unless looking for it. You'll need to be street-legal to connect the west end of this trail with any of the other trails in the Manzanita Mountain trail system off State Highway 337 because OHVs aren't allowed on the highway. It heads east with lots of zig-zags and starts climbing up away from the highway through lots of tight bushes and pinyon pine trees. This trail appears to be a bit less ridden than many others in the area and has lots of branches that stick out and grab you. The trail has several tricky rock ledges on narrow shelfy sections of trail with a cool view overlooking the highway. It steadily climbs 500 feet over the 2.3 miles and meets up with the Powerline Trail, which is one of the hardest trails in the system.

Difficulty

This is an intermediate single track trail with several rock obstacles, tight curves, and narrow sections of trail.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

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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 are enough trails for 2-3 days of riding, and it's 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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