2nd Annual
Tour of Socorro
April 19-20, 2008
Socorro, NM, USA
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

South Baldy - North Baldy - Jordan Canyon

Name: South Baldy - North Baldy - Jordan Canyon
Ratings:
5/5 Fitness 5/5 Skill 4/5 Route
Length: 14.0 miles
Elevation: 6400 ft min, 10440 ft max
Start: Junction of FR 235 and FT 8
Finish: Junction of FR 235 and FR 505
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This is a high-altitude ride following single-track Trail 8 along the crest of the Magdalena range from South Baldy to North Baldy. Only about two-thirds of T-8 can be ridden, so be prepared for some bike pushing and carrying. The descent down Jordan Canyon is steep, rugged, loose and very difficult. Alternative descents can be made down Hop Canyon Trail at mile 2.9 (see ride #23, HOP CANYON) or down FR 190 to the ghost town of Kelly at mile 7.1.

Location

Getting There: Junction of FR 235 and FT 8

Parking lot for Trail 8 at 10,320 ft. elevation on FR 235 on South Baldy.

Getting Back: Junction of FR 235 and FR 505

Mileage Log

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 TRAIL

Start of Trail 8 on FR 235, a quarter of a mile below the South Baldy gate to Langmuir Laboratory. Climb on T-8 and cross the east ridge of South Baldy, then carry on around South Baldy slowly losing height.

0.4 TRAIL

Junction with north ridge of South Baldy. Continue north on T-8 which runs down along the west side of the ridge and soon reaches some meadows.

0.9 TRAIL

Junction with Copper Canyon trail. Continue north on T-8.

1.9 TRAIL

Kempton's gold mine and access road. Continue north on T-8 which here runs on the east side of the ridge.

2.7 TRAIL

Junction with Mill Canyon trail. Continue on T-8.

2.9 TRAIL

Do not take the Hop Canyon trail. Stay on T-8 which here turns to the right. The trail drops for 300 yards, then climbs steadily and becomes rocky.

4.5 TRAIL

Poorly marked trail coming up from the right. Stay on T-8 and start a long push up through the white cliffs.

4.9 TRAIL

Follow cairns as T-8 turns right.

5.3 DIRT

End of T-8. Ride ahead along the dirt road with North Baldy on your left.

5.5 DIRT

The north ridge of North Baldy. This is a good place to stop and walk up to the top of North Baldy for an excellent view. After returning to your bike, ride north along the road.

6.2 DIRT

North Baldy T-8 sign on road.

6.9 DIRT

Road forks. Stay on the left fork which drops before continuing along the ridge.

7.1 DIRT

Four-way crossroad. The road to the left is FR 190 which descends to Kelly. Go straight through the crossroad to take the road which heads north along the ridge.

7.3 DIRT

Excellent quartz crystals on right-hand side of road.

7.6 DIRT

"Road Closed" sign on gate across the road. Go through.

7.7 DIRT

Road forks. Take the right (lower) fork. You are now on the Jordan Canyon road. Ride carefully down the steep, rugged road passing several mining areas and old shacks along the way.

9 8 DIRT

Gate across the road. Go through.

10.7 DIRT

Junction with FR 505 at abandoned ranch. Turn right (east) on FR 505.

Maps

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Map courtesy of Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, 2nd Edition (ISBN #0-88307-712-4).