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Level: Beginner
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 12 riders

Mountain Biking Tight Rope

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#97 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#6,146 in the world

Sometimes heading up short steep ascents then short fast descents with tight turns and lots of rocks. Tight Rope is an adequate name for several spots along the trail. Tight turns tightly wrapped around and between rocks and juniper and pinyon. Trail ends on the Piedra Lisa Trail where you turn left in a wash to head back to where you parked at the vault toilet.

First added by wanderingpops on Mar 23, 2010. Last updated May 10, 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). Follow Meat Grinder to the junction with Tight Rope and prepare for some fun singletrack.
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  • Fatbike1

    A small part of a much bigger system in Placitas. Go with a local to learn the proper loops in the area otherwise you are wasting your time. You can ride 25 miles of good single track if you know the area.

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  • skelldify

    Meh. It was interesting compared to the rest of the Placitas network, which isn't saying much. Steep ups and downs, some loose stuff, not many real obstacles. Cool scenery is the best thing this trail has going for it.

    There is a wilderness boundary around here somewhere, but it's hard to tell where it is.

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  • coreyvdg

    Waste of time. Super boring and short 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 Tight Rope 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

    A continuation of Meat Grinder. Tight rope is an appropriate name for several spots along the trail. Tight turns, and tight spots between the juniper and rocks.

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