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Central Spine

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 3.4 (13)

A thrilling and technical trail bisecting the middle of the White Ridge Trail Network.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Singletrack

6,020' 1,835 m

High

5,685' 1,733 m

Low

226' 69 m

Up

350' 107 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Central Spine is a challenging and exciting trail that connects the south and north ends of the White Ridge System. It is best ridden from south to north to take advantage of the technical descent along a knife-edge ridge.

From the main parking area, access Central Spine from the connector trail past Dragon's Back to intersection 22. Drop your saddle and turn left. The wild descent begins immediately down the unique gypsum soils. There is some exposure to the left and a ridge to your right.

The first descent rolls out into a slight incline. Pedal along the ridge to the next downhill, a very technical section with significant drops. It's a good idea to scout the landings and transitions before dropping in. The last part is an extremely steep and extended run down to the valley floor.

The northern section of Central Spine climbs up steadily from the valley to intersection 12. The singletrack eventually widens to doubletrack.

At the northern end, stay right to loop back via Good Times or left to access to the far end of Dragon's Back.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 13 votes

#16295

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  3.4 from 13 votes
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Trail Rankings

#371

in New Mexico

#16,295

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The first exciting descent on Central Spine.
Mar 23, 2015 near Jemez P…, NM

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Dec 19, 2021
Sean Ross
"Central Spine" is a fiction. Trail dead-ends and the only option is to drag your bike up an unmarked goat trail. Go back to #12 and take a left
Jun 30, 2019
Hill Balliet
more steep than technical, but a little of that too. not as exposed as I expected from afar, it was pretty rutted out in sections. worth doing on…
Apr 22, 2018
Taylor Tewalt
Mar 18, 2017
Rory Yurkovich
Easy to lose trail. I ended up in the wash and had to hike out