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Level: Expert
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +759/ -756 ft
Total: 10 riders

Mountain Biking Faulty Trail

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#19 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#1,118 in the world

The Faulty Trail proper only runs about 5 miles before entering the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, but it also provides access to other great trails in the area, including the Oso Corredor Trail, Sulphur Canyon, and the Armijo Trail. Faulty itself follows the contours of the east bench of the Sandia Mountain Range around the 7,800 foot level with many sharp climbs out of the various drainages it crosses. Some of the trail is buff, but most is quite rocky. Even with the Wilderness area exclusions, this is an excellent network with good variety and few people to share it with. The Sandia Mountains map from Dharma Maps can be very helpful in navigating this area and all major intersections are well marked with wooden posts.

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
From Albuquerque, head East on I-40 and take the exit for highway 14 North. Go through the town of Cedar Crest. About six miles from the Interstate, look for Highway 536 to the left towards Sandia Ski Area. There area a few ways to access Faulty via other trails in the area (the southern end has been cut off by private property). The easiest way is to go about 4 miles up 532 and pull into the Doc Long Day Use Area. Ride up the Bill Spring Trail to the intersection with the northern end of the Faulty Trail.
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  • Fatbike1

    Great trail to ride. Lots of rock and tech.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Armijo Trail:

    The wash that begins this ride is positively heinous; steep, rutted, and filled with jagged rocks just waiting to pinch-flat you. However, after completing this rut, the rest of the ride is pretty mellow. The grade is enough to keep you flowing downhill, but nothing white-knuckle. I did encounter equestrians here on a weekday, so beware and be friendly if you give this one a go. It does make a great loop rather than just doing a full out-and-back on Faulty.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Oso Corredor:

    This is a great test piece, especially as a climb! I like to ride it as an out and back and challenge myself on the rock gardens going up and then enjoy gravity pulling me through them on the way down. If you don't want to do an out and back, there are loop options incorporating the highway or shuttle options as well.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Bill Creek:

    This trail provides a great path to access the Faulty Trail as well as the whole network of trails that branch off Faulty. It is a very nice spin through the woods. Most of the lower portions of the trail are an easy grade and generally smooth but punctuated with rocky portions. At the switchback, the trail turns very steep until the intersection with Faulty and Oso Corredor.

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  • John Fisch

    What an outstanding trail network! If you're an advanced and adventurous rider, you will likely love this place. It's a little harder to get to than many Albuquerque area rides, but well worth it, especially of you've exhausted the Otero Canyon Area. The Faulty Trail provides miles of technical bench cut trail with lots of options to lengthen your ride on neighboring trails. If not for the Wilderness cutoffs, this would be a world class biking destination.

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