Poker Chip

Total Miles
4.3

Elevation

2,368.05 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Poker Chip is a 4.5-mile single track on the east side of the Manzanita Mountain Trail System. The north end connects to Bear Scat, while the south end starts on Mahogany. Going south to north, it starts out as a rocky trail with meandering tight curves, lots of embedded chunky rock, and small ledges in the trail. After the intersection with Meadow, there is a big rock ledge obstacle of 5 difficulty. It continues as a very windy and rocky trail with extremely tight turns underneath low tree branches. It's a bit harder to see the trail here because the rocky surface blends in with the terrain. It has huge chunks and blocks of jarring rocks on the surface that make for a very bumpy ride. There are a couple more moderate rock ledges going downhill before the intersection with Bear Scat.

Difficulty

This is an intermediate single track with rock ledge obstacles and a very rocky surface.

Technical Rating

5

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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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