Heaven on Earth is the segment of South Boundary Trail between Osha and Garcia Parks.
As the name suggestions, this is a great segment utilizing the smoothest singletrack of SBT. It traverses through mixed conifer and gorgeous aspen forests. During the autumn, the trail puts on a shimmering coat made of colorful aspen leaves and amazing light beams, creating a stunning surrounding to ride in. However, the traffic during this time is high, so be alert.
Lots of side rides are possible along this route, including access to the Rio Chiquito, Rito de la Olla and Elliot Barker trails.
This out-and-back ride mostly takes place on singletrack. There’s nothing difficult except a climb in the middle of the climb which requires you to climb a little bit, but the downhill is well-earned.
From the junction with 585 in Taos drive 10 miles east on 64 and turn right into Valle Escondido. Drive up the dirt road a half mile then turn right on FR 437. Garcia Park is about 7 miles up this road, most of the road is in decent condition with some rocky sections and a couple of potholes near the top to watch for. After the road levels out it leads to a large open meadow rolling down to the west. The trailhead is on the left and is signed.
Food and drink
Since there is no catering service along the trail, please bring water and maybe some food with you.
The ride starts with a small descent about 1.8 miles to a stream crossing, then climbs for several miles through open aspen glades and conifer forests. At Quintana Pass there's a nice view where a doubletrack heads southwest, the SBT continues to the left.
After climbing some rolling alpine meadows at Corner Park, follow the trail left through the conifers, pass a sign aimed to downhill riders and the trail transitions to rocky doubletrack for the last climb to Osha Park. When you arrive at a trail junction on Osha Peak's rolling south ridge, you’ll find a sign with directional arrows to Trail #164 trailhead and Elliot Barker Trails, and a road continuing straight which leads to FR 153 and the Rio Chiquito trailhead.
Head back the way you came. The climb is now the most awesome downhill in New Mexico! The trail rolls through the Corner Park meadows with a few smooth berms to get your tires off the ground, then drops into the forests. This section is a little technical thanks to the roots and rocks with clear and well-maintained corridor. Occasional cut trees can be found in this part, so keep your speed under control in every turn. Also, watch out for other trail users.
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630 m / 2,068 ft
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