St. Cloud + Chloride Canyon + Lookout Mountain + The Nash Cut-off
Distance: 147 miles
This variation of the Chloride Canyon loop was first suggested in 2016 and has proven to be the #1 “Rider’s Choice” over the past two years. After a short side trip into Chloride (the townsite), the route swings south past the active St. Cloud mining area (a zeolite mine) and winds its way up and down through the area south of Chloride Canyon. After passing several interesting historical mine sites, the road rejoins the “traditional” Chloride Canyon route about 1.5 miles up from the town site. The route eventually climbs up out of Seventyfour Draw to join the road to Lookout Mountain (where a short spur leads to some great views off this high point) before rejoining the traditional route down Forest 226 toward the Beaverhead Highway. A few miles short of the highway is the turn for The Nash Cut-Off. This is a more interesting route than the last few miles of gravel to the highway. Keep a sharp look-out for the namesake relic. After reaching the highway, there is an optional loop to the north that should be very green and scenic this year. It includes a segment called Adobe Canyon at the north end that is a real gem. Gas is available in Winston at the General Store and they typically have premium available.
|Event||New Mexico - Time to Get Away|
|Start Time||14 Mar, 9:00 AM|
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