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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +540/ -563 ft
Total: 24 riders

Mountain Biking Meat Grinder

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#64 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#4,652 in the world

Sustained climb over sometimes rocky, ok OFTEN, rocky trail. Beginner + rated I would say. After the climb turn north-northeast for a fairly fast short decent. At a junction if you keep going straight you run into Tight Rope, a trail aptly named for a couple sections. Turn left at this junction to ride back to the dirt road. You will recognize that you passed this spot where the trail meets the road on your first leg of the journey. Turn right to go back to the car. Turn around and climb the hill and turn left for Tight Rope or turn left and explore a plethora of trails. All beginner to intermediate only. I haven't found or heard of any difficult, advanced or expert trails in this network.

First added by wanderingpops on Mar 22, 2010. 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
I-25 approx 20 miles north of Albuquerque take exit 242 and head east on Hwy 165 for approx 3 miles. There are two parking areas the road between which forms an easy ride in itself. Take the eastern most turn off and park there to ride some of the dirt road or follow around until a left spur leads to a vault toilet and more parking (N35 16.745 / W106 28.708). There are actually plenty of places to park but this gives a little let warm up then a swift downhill on the dirt road. Turn off the road (N35 16.706 W106 29.267) and follow the trail under the powerlines until you come to a left spur. Hanging in the juniper tree you will see a sign that says "Meat Grinder." (N35 16.556 W106 29.494).
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  • Fatbike1

    Lots of hidden singletrack loops. If you don't know the area you will not like it. Go with a local who rides the area regularly. There is currently lots of work happening to improve the system.

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  • skelldify

    More interesting than the rest of the network, which isn't saying much. Lots of small, loose unavoidable chunk. That's it. Plow it coming down, grind it going up. If you like that kinda thing, have fun!

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  • coreyvdg

    Waste of time. Super boring and short trail.

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  • Therese11

    I just moved here from Fruita, co and this is a great trail to start off with to get used to the climate and terrain. Good dips to ride on along the way. Be careful though my brother has hit two cacti in over 5 rides on this trail!

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  • John Fisch

    I hit these trails on a recent trip to ABQ and was glad I did. Having done all the others in the area, it was nice to hit something new and the trails didn't disappoint. Classic foothills riding on very narrow singletrack and there's much more than meat grinder here. I think it would take a few days exploring to find all the singletrack here. Not much tecnical, but nice roller coaster singletrack with a few obstacles and climbs to keep it interesting.

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  • wanderingpops

    Dual suspension boys you'll probably be bored here. I know of nothing difficult or advanced here! Hardtail/x-country riders have a blast. There is a plethora of trials to play on here.

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