Sandia Mountains Foothill Trail

4.07 out of 5
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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
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This trail is a steady climb with brief downhills before you reach the top. If follow these directions you should find the loop or one close to the 15 miles I've done. Start at the trail head and keep taking turns toward the mountains. When you've reached the bear canon trailhead and fence you'll hit some cool single track, don't be fooled there is still climbing ahead. Keep making right turns until you reach the water tanks, congradulations your half way. From here you back track and when you reach the other trails you can pretty much take any way you like, all the trails lead south back to the trail head. Ride it a lot and pick your favorite route. I rated these trails a 5 because if you go slow they can be fairly easy. The difficuly increases with speed so these trails can provide plenty of fun but you'd better be in shape, the climb is a real #@%&!. Have fun, ride hard and watch out for the cacti.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (16)


May 27, 2016
kleppe Gramcounter  
Review: Nice afternoon/after work ride.


December 25, 2014
Review: Really great, intermediate/beginner level set of trails that can be strung together for a pretty flowy ride. Heading towards the foothills is more uphill than it looks but the payoff is pretty awesome.

Granny Gear

July 28, 2014
Rick Davis Granny Gear  
Review: This looks like trail 365 from the Michael Emery trail head at the top of Spain. This is a nice ride that connects to several other trails. You can ride as long or as short as you like and tailor the ride to your skill level. There is a pretty technical rock garden in Elena Gallegos park.

There are some great views of the city and of the mountains.

A map of all the trails in the foothills can be found on the City of Albuquerque's website at

Similar Trail: Trails 401 and 365


February 3, 2014
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: Surprisingly fun for a local crag. Not many cities can boast such a great place right in the city.

Granny Gear

August 14, 2012
Review: This is a fun trail system (which is much more expansive than 12 miles). Beginners and experts can both find something to love up here among breathtaking views. You can easily make a day of this trail system!

Similar Trail: Elena Gallegos Area


August 1, 2012
NaVoronda Trailblazer  
Review: This is a short 1 mile extension to the Elena Gallegos Open Space trailhead located roughly at the end of Montgomery. Nothing too difficult but there are a couple of little technical sections.

* Review edited 8/1/2012

Similar Trail: Foothills Trail at the end of Copper &
Elena Gallegos Open Space


April 10, 2011
Review: The trail system covers a very large area and is more than 12 miles (see description). The problem is that nothing is marked so your experience here can vary from awesome to kind of crappy depending on where you end up. Either way parts of the trail can be epic and it's definitely an adventure (which is what it's all about!)

* Review edited 4/10/2011


September 14, 2010
Review: I took 25 to Tramway, and then turned left onto Spain, that brought me to a parking lot/TH as well! I stopped here after riding Moab and the Whole Enchilada, and I still had a total blast! Hikers share the trails, but once you get out a ways, you can really fly! Easy enough for beginners if they stay on the smooth trails , but a hard rider can also ride the 365 trail which goes up and down into gullies, and has some excellent rock riding! I will never drive past these trails again without stopping! Extremely close to I 40, and since your always close to the car, you could just ride for an hour...BUT, I did get lost, and managed to log 22 miles here...there is a ton of trail mileage here!!

Similar Trail: I can't compare to anything, in my opinion these are the best overall trails that anyone of any level will have a blast at!


March 26, 2009
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Nice asset right on the edge of town. You can combine this with other foothills trails for a longer ride. Most of it is pretty buff, but a few technical spots can be found. The scenery is surprisingly nice. Beware going around blind corners too fast as the trail is popular with hikers--that and some tall Cholla cacti have arms that reach out right into the middle of the trail.

Bunny Hop

February 20, 2008
chainring Bunny Hop  
Review: Not to crazy hill climbs, but just in the foothills. I did learn why they use tuffy liners, thorn resistant tubes, and slime. Goatheads

Sandia Mountains Foothill Trail MTB Trail 4.07 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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Top 10 City: Albuquerque's Backyard Trails: The Sandia Foothills