Donner Party Trail

Donner Party Loop trail in the Nambe Badlands
  • Description

    Mostly two-track with some single track by cattle watering tank.  Best ridden CCW, downhill from the intermediate summit on Cholla Gauntlet Climb to Camp Frank Rand Road Trail and then single track climb to the west up and over a ridge and down towards cattle watering tank. Respect all cattle gates and fence closings – leave them the way you found them.

  • Distance

    2.2 miles (3.6 km) distance

  • Elevation Gain/Loss

    +137 ft / – 443 ft

  • Loop Connector

    Best to loop with the double-track part of the Cholla Gauntlet Climb to Camp Frank Rand Road

  • Double-track and Single-Track

  • Connects With

    Cholla Gauntlet Climb to Camp Frank Rand Road (CR 123)

    East of 503 Upper Arroyo Seco trail

    State Route 503

  • Environmental Awareness

    • Traverses cryptobiotic soils
    • Keep the Single-Track Single!
    • Leave cattle gates as you find them.  Cattle have died from bikers closing gates and cutting off their access to water.
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