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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +437/ -461 ft
Total: 22 riders

Mountain Biking Golden Open Space

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#43 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#2,997 in the world

This system consists of a loop up top and a long spur that drops into a giant arroyo and climbs out the other side, making another small loop on the South Mesa. There are additional dead end spurs to overlooks along the way. The first loop is novice friendly and the long spur is solid intermediate riding.

First added by John Fisch on Dec 5, 2014. Last updated Apr 27, 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 the town of Cedar Crest, travel north on highway 14. Shortly after the 550/Sandia Ski Area turnoff, go left on La Madera Road and follow it as it winds and squiggles through developed areas and then out into the open for about 9 miles, looking for a sign on the Right that says Golden. This is the trailhead. Or further north, go left (right if coming from the north) on Puertocito Rd and follow it back to the west/south for about 7 miles.
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  • gerryg

    Has a couple interesting views in a few spots but the trail itself isn't much to write home about. To calibrate, the rides around Pine Flats near Tijeras I rate 4+ stars, and both Phil's World up in Cortez CO and trails around Sedona AZ are a 5 for me.

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  • svs

    There's a walkaround at the gate at the end of Via Entrada. You might have to lift your bike up but you can probably get through it. The property north of the gate is public; it's Via Entrada itself that's technically private; hence the gate. Nobody is going to mind if you carry your bike past the gate; just please don't climb on the gate itself. (I know because I live in this neighborhood.)

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  • Gdb49

    trail is in mint condition and the area is beautiful. The out and back part offers several fun sections and areas of exposure that make this a very fun trail. The loops are not quite as entertaining, but are also in great shape and the views are fantastic. This area is very remote, which adds to the experience. Overall this is a worth while place to ride and I will definitely be back.

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  • foggnm

    Non-technical trail which consists of two connected loops. Beautiful scenery and you're likely not to see anyone else as it is in a very distant location not near anything. Worth visiting once but there are much better trails closer in the east mountains as well as the city of Albuquerque.

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  • trek is amazing

    very fun. descent distance and lots of arroyos. had to end the ride early due to rain

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  • John Fisch

    This trail was a very pleasant surprise as I had no expectations and the trailhead is less than inspiring. However, once on the trail, there is much fun to be had. The first loop, while beginner in both aerobic and technical difficulty, bobs and weaves in a most entertaining way through the hardy junipers. The drop into the giant arroyo is a blast and the climb up the other side is stiff enough to get your heart rate up but all rideable and the many twists and turns, especially through various drainages, make for some great conservation of momentum practice. There are just enough rocks along the say to spice things up as well. On the south mesa loop at the far end of the property is a great view of a large wall of stratified red rock, more reminiscent of Moab or Sedona than New Mexico.

    Very fun trail overall!

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