| FR437 summit(u)
Forest Road 437,
leaving the valley near Talpa (Taos
area) is probably best known to mountain
bikers for providing access to high sections
of the South Boundary Trail. But the climb
on this smooth dirt road is an excellent
workout in its own right. FR437 provides a
way of cycling to 10000 feet in a quick,
efficient manner. In spite of this
relatively high altitude, the entire route
exhibits a forested foothills character.
START-END SOUTH: jct NM68-NM518, north
of Ranchos de Taos
02.(7100ft,mile03) jct NM518-FR437,
south of Talpa
03.(8990ft,mile14) turn left, away
from Rio Chiquito valley
04.(9920ft,mile16) FR438 and route
from Chosa Pass joins from right
06.(8330ft,mile23) FR437 ends on US64.
Profile turns left to Taos
07.(7190ft,mile33) START-END NORTH:
jct NM585 - US64, south east of Taos;
profile continues on NM585
08.(6940ft,mile36) START-END NORTH
ALTERNATE: jct NM585 - NM68
From South. The dirt road
leading up Rio Chiquito Canyon is
exceptionally smooth and leads up a lush
wooded canyon, following a gurgling stream.
After a long warm up, the FR437 leaves the
stream and climbs steeply up a side canyon.
There are no views on top, just a pleasant,
rounded, forested hill with various cowgrates
and junctions, including FR438 to Osha Pass. Access
to the western part of the Southern Boundary
Trail, heading for Quintana Pass,
is hidden away from the road.
From North. Heading up from Valle
Escondido, FR437 is rockier on this side. It
also carries a little more traffic.
Dayrides. A circular ride from
Taos to Talpa, traversing FR437 over the
summit, returning to Taos via the lower
part of the Palo
Flechado Pass road measured 46 miles
with 3930 feet of climbing in 4.4 hours, using
a Cateye 100A cycle computer setup.
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