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The Grand Enchantment Trail is the brainchild of Simblissity’s owner and operator, Brett Tucker. It’s hard to imagine a more passionate and motivated creator of a long distance trail. A powerful army of one, Brett has created the Southwest’s premier long distance route.

The GET runs some 700 miles from Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM. It covers some of the more remote and beautiful terrain in the United States.

Though not an official, signed trail, the GET has an excellent set of maps available from Simblissity. Informal GET flagging also shows the way in tricky intersections.

Without a doubt, this trail is for the adventurous, experienced bikepacker. Exploration of the route continues in 2008 and into 2009. Wilderness detours and in general the concept of a bike friendly GET route are still a work in progress.

GPS Data




3D image from TopoFusion software – click to enlarge

GET bike route, version 5

The GET “bike” route is a definite work-in-progress, under constant refinement.

GET – Safford to Alma Figure 8.gpx
GET – Alma Magdalena.gpx explorations

Also see GET on Google Earth for a KML file overview of the route. Note this file is not suitable for navigation purposes!

Trip Reports

Solo GET recon by Scott Morris
High stakes bicycle canyoneering on the GET
Looping the GET on roads
Charlie Moore and the Wildbunch
Black hills hike-a-bike
Alma to Magdalena Chapter 1 – Gold Dust and Phantom Trails
Alma to Magdalena Chapter 2 – Wahoo on the CDT

Links

Official Site: http://www.simblissity.net/grand_enchantment.shtml
Wikipedia entry on the GET

Comments (4)

Eric SJune 4th, 2012 at 3:41 am

Sadly much of the Gila Wilderness portion of this trail— East of Glenwood, NM is probably engulfed by the mega Whitewater Baldy Complex wildfire. It is the largest wildfire in NM history.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/03/us/new-mexico-historic-wildfire/index.html

SECApril 3rd, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Dan and I did part of the GET on our recent “Ranchers’ Expressway” route: we used the “GET bike route, version 5,” above. We met up with the GET in San Lorenzo Canyon and left it in the town of Tajique. Here’s what we found: (1) we couldn’t find the road going E from the Stapleton Well (UTM: 13S 0342138E 3785994N), instead we took the road that passes the Tomas Baca well (13S 0340355E 3782582N), which was excellent, and took us quite a bit south, but the surface and scenery were great; (2) the route going up the Entraniosa Draw (13S 0352810E 3790860N) appeared to follow a wash and to be better for hiking than biking (this could depend on your tire size of course but looked very untamed, aka off trail) & the road that follows Tecolate Canyon east is private, so to avoid this, one would instead head south via the Ponciano Well at the junction just past Buffalo Well (13S 0350801E 3788064N). Anyhew, I have the GPX if you want me to sent it to you, Scott.

LukeMarch 23rd, 2017 at 9:32 am

Hey Scott-

Is the GET bike route still the best source for bikepacking?

ScottMarch 23rd, 2017 at 10:37 am

Luke — I’m not aware of any major problems with the route, but the mastermind behind the GET, Brett Tucker, is constantly tweaking and improving the route. So anyone that wants to follow portions (or thru-ride!) should definitely get in touch with him and grab the latest map sets direct from the source.

The GPX here is still useful as a guide to figure out, in broad strokes, how a GET-bike route might go, as far as getting around the major Wilderness and other non-bike areas on the trail.

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