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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +585/ -600 ft
Total: 68 riders

Mountain Biking Sandia Mountains Foothill Trail

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#13 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#730 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 11, 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
If your not familiar with Albuquerque you can start at the big I (where I-25 and I-40 intersect). Take I-25 East to Tramway (turn left/north), take Tramway to Montgomery (turn right/East, take Montgomery to Glenwood Hills Dr. (turn left/north), proceed to tralhead rd. (turn right), follow the road up the hill to the end this is the trail head. Parking is available.
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  • Jeff Wayland

    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.

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  • Rick Davis

    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 http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/documents/foothillsmap.pdf/view

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  • Gdb49

    Surprisingly fun for a local crag. Not many cities can boast such a great place right in the city.

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  • RoutesRentals

    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!

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  • NaVoronda

    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

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  • limetownjack

    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

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  • John Fisch

    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.

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  • chainring

    Not to crazy hill climbs, but just in the foothills. I did learn why they use tuffy liners, thorn resistant tubes, and slime. Goatheads

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  • caleb

    love this trail, went out for the afternoon and did 4 loops...hella fun. And my first time to ride through a stream..ha...desert rats. Beautiful scenery, excellent trails and some awesome downhill runs.

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  • Jeff Barber

    Nice trail system right in town. The trails were nice and packed when we rode since it had just snowed the day before. A few snowpacked sections but mostly wide open. The singletrack is fast and banked in most spots and has a few sweet rock gardens to spice things up. You can make a nice loop around the park using Trail 365, 342, and 305. Sweet!* Review edited 11/14/2006

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