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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +2,519/564 ft
Total: 34 riders
 

Mountain Biking Coyote Trail

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#45 of 280 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
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Begin by pedaling up Chamisoso Road. Follow the road (ignoring where 462 breaks off to the right). The Coyote Trail departs the road on the right side just before a gate. The Coyote Trail us usually well signed, but there are some confusing intersections to bring a map. It's easy to get kinda lost but hard to get totally lost as you're never far from a view of the Sandias to the North and Cedro Peak to the South. The Coyote Trail climbs and descends thorugh rocky pinion forest for about 5 miles before arriving at "four corners (the intersection of Coyote Trail and 462)." This makes a good out-and-back or a better return leg after climbing up 462.

First added by John Fisch on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Go east from Albuquerque on I-40 to the Tijeras Exit. Follow 337 through the stop light, past the ranger station (on the left) and about another mile to the Chamisoso Road on the left. There is a parking area on each side of Chamisoso Road.
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  • Fatbike1
    *****

    Part of a big loop in the Monzano Mountains. Prepare to get your climb on.

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  • Hope Marasco
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    We went in June. If they fly's don't drive you crazy the annoying cobble stones will. I finally had it when the fly's attempted to get under my sunglasses and were landing on each other on my arms. YUCK!

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  • dgh911t
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    The whole trail system is well marked. Great afternoon ride.

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  • skelldify
    *****

    This trail is freaking awesome downhill! The motos tear it up from time to time, but that almost makes it more fun. Perfect mix of swoopy, bermed, high speed corners, and rocky tech.

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  • NaVoronda
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    There is now a parking lot right before the intersection of Chamisoso Canyon Rd and the beginning of FS462. There are two bathrooms and several covered pick-nick tables. This makes for a better starting spot because it eliminates the ride up the gravel road or the ATV by-pass from the lower parking lot. The lower parking lot is great for starting the Chamisoso Canyon Trail which ends up at the same intersection with 462 and the Coyote Trail. In my opinion, Coyote Trail is far more fun to decend than climb, so I normally use the Chamisoso Trail to reach the top of Coyote instead of climbing 462.

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  • jkacuba
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    Coyote is my favorite trail in the Cedro area. Lots of great options with any trail you choose, but I've had the most fun on coyote. It's a fun climb, with some technical stuff that will make you work, but it's even more fun to ride downhill.

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  • LoboApo28
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    Great ride with good variety. I thought I had started out going Counter-Clockwise until I noticed i was ascending west, and then came into the Jeep road. I turned around and enjoyed the sweet downhill. Some steep n' gnarly stuff with some whoopty-doo's - great ride.

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  • John Fisch
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    This is a nice route to add some variety if you're tired of Otero. Coyote Trail is a nice out and back, but I like it better as a return leg after climbinb FS462. I don't generally recommend jeep roads, but 462 climbs at a good grade and has lots of rock slabs on the way up--just change the color of the rock and it would have a Moab feel to it. As I said in the ride descriptions, there are a few opportunities to go off course, so bring a map (or a local). Either that or be ready to spend time exploring and route finding--bring plenty of water.

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