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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Birdhouse Ridge

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#73 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#5,184 in the world

The Birdhouse Ridge Trail is similar to other Tijeras rides, with just a little more roughness thrown in. It can be ridden either direction, as a stiff climb or an extended downhill. It makes simple loop with Tunnel Canyon/West Ridge or an add-on for extra mileage on any of the Otero/Tunnel canyon rides.

First added by John Fisch on Sep 29, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Birdhouse Ridge is accessed at the bottom by starting up the Tunnel Canyon Trail and looking to the right at the bottom of the sandy wash about a hundred yards from the start. It is accessed at the top by completing the climb up Tunnel Canyon and turning right up the West Ridge Trail for about a mile.
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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    I like this trail. It has been well designed and built with biking in mind. I prefer it from S to N, downhill direction.

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  • skelldify

    This is a Great trail. I've only ridden it downhill. It's pretty fast and flowy, but rough enough, and exposed enough, to keep you from going all out. It has a pretty constant off-camber, with likely injuries if you go off on the lower side. There are some interesting rock features here and there, with quite a few tight corners.

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  • John Fisch

    This is a great addition to the Tijeras stable of rides. The trail rides well either up or down. I prefer to climb up Tunnel/West Ridge and save Birdhouse for the downhill. Aspect is everything in theses mountains--on the way down you will encounter sun-baked cactus hills on the south-facing slopes and lush, deep dark woods on the steep, north facing slopes. This trail ranges from buff to small rocky to big rocky to rooty. You'll get a little of everything on this very cool descent. Definitely worth doing if you've already done Otero.

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