Tucked away in the Zuni Mountains just outside of Gallup, NM, the Quaking Aspen Trail meanders through lofty Ponderosa and mixed tree forest. When exploring the trail in the descent-oriented, counter-clockwise direction, the trail dives into twisting single track, through flower-specked meadows, wrapping and whisking down the rolling contours of the arid, mountainous landscape. The Quaking Aspen Trail offers a bit of variation of terrain throughout the duration of the trail. Your tires will traverse segments of slick rock, snug corners, and plenty of rocks and natural rollers to pop off of and play around along the way. There are a couple of short, up hill bursts to conquer, but nothing to strenuous to alter the flow of the ride. At 3.5 miles one way and accessible at the Hilso Trailhead in the Cibola National Forest, the Quaking Aspen Trail can be ridden as an out and back or connected with other trails for alternate and extended rides. This trail system is excellent for those looking to experience the tranquility of the forest on some peaceful, flowing single track without the crowds. It's a wonderful place for all skill levels and to take the family riding and camping. The trail is open to hikers, and there is a fair chance of encountering some wildlife while out exploring the trails. Overall, the Quaking Aspen Trail and it's brethren are a welcome escape from the heat of the lower-lying, surrounding semi-arid, desert-ish climate of Gallup, NM.