Tunnel Canyon

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 2,900 ft
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This is an excellent ride, some steep climbs and gravelly/rocky madness to get past, with quick swooping runs mixed inbetween. I'd advise taking a GPS and marking the car to work your way back, since this trail turns into a network up high on the mountain and runs into the Otero Canyon trail. Be prepared for weather changes and watch out for cougars and bears.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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October 18, 2017
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: Beautiful with great single track


May 17, 2017
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: A good climb and sweet downhill on the way back. It's about 4-5 miles long, not 20 as described, and connected to a bigger network of trails.


March 19, 2016
Fatbike1 Epic  
Review: Great start to a day of torture in the bigger system of trails in the area. Fun stuff.


March 15, 2014
dgh911t Gramcounter  
Review: Well marked nice climb to warm up the legs!


October 25, 2013
skelldify Gramcounter  
Review: I'm learning to like this trail, as I get fitter and just haul up it. I usually ride it from N to S, uphill. There is no good reason to come down it.

I basically use it to access the rest of the network, and it allows me to ride down Birdhouse on the way back, which is awesome!

Tunnel is not too exciting, it's a slog going up, with not much to make it interesting. A little limestone shelf here and there.

Down the other side into Otero Canyon is a little better. There are a few medium sized drops, with mostly smooth riding in between.

This trail gets a TON of traffic. Probably because it's easy and tall. And even though it doesn't get too far it, It feels like a big back-country route in some places.

I just don't find it that interesting compared to the other stuff nearby.

Granny Gear

July 8, 2012
Tortuga Granny Gear  
Review: I'm working temporarily in Albuquerque from Denver area... This trail is well worth the visit, especially with its proximity to ABQ. By Colorado standards this trail is mighty fun, however I stuck to the main track and by my estimate was roughly 3-5 miles as stated by another reviewer. (I'll log it next time for an exact mileage and report back.) There were multiple forks off the main trail which I didn't explore, so I suppose this track could be much longer with the entire network... Starts with a decent climb through a couple ravines, and turns into a moderately fast downhill over hard packed dirt, some solid rocky sections/negotiations, and slatey stuff, throw in some switch backs and you have it all in 3-5 miles! Is slatey a word? It's a scenic ride too. Oh yeah, and low traffic to boot! From my novice knowledge of the area I rode highway 337 downhill back to the parking area, although next time will do an out and back until I learn the trail system. Sorry for my lack of knowledge as far as the entire system, but I advise you to check it out if you're in the ABQ area. I added some more pics too!!!


July 4, 2012
luv2mtb Trailblazer  
Review: Rode Tunnel Canyon up to the saddle then back down to the base of Otero Canyon. Then rode Otero to its terminus and climbed back up on West Ridge and rode it back to Tunnel Canyon. Would actually do the opposite next time; take Tunnel to West Ridge to Otero back to Tunnel. Seems the downhill would be maximized. At any rate, I've been ride a lot of designed networks lately so it was fun to get out in the forest for more of a back-country, secluded feel on not-so-refined singletrack. The climb up Tunnel was a good work out for a lowlander, with a sporty little descent into Otero. Otero was a great little piece of track and with the exception of one or two gnarly rocky areas, it was a very easy climb. West Ridge was a lot of climbing to get to the top and then flowy singletrack as the trail worked its way back to Tunnel. Right at the end there is a nice little rock filled shute that would be oh-so-sweet on a full-suspension, but it ate me and my HT up! Like I said, riding West Ridge over to Otero would probably be a bit more fun.


June 15, 2012
Review: This trail can be tough but well worth the initial climb. I don't remember riding more than 3-5 miles (as opposed to 20 miles) before it ended at the base of Otero Canyon but there was quite a bit of elevation gain/loss. In other words, unless you're Superman, you might want to leave the SS home. Lung busting (especially if you're from south Georgia) technical uphill followed by screaming somewhat technical downhill. Definitely worth the visit if you're near Albuquerque.

Granny Gear

June 7, 2012
Lbn1047 Granny Gear  
Review: FWIW, the directions are off. Tunnel canyon is further north on 337, its just north of the the east turn 337 makes prior to Otero. I live at sea level and just got here, but i spent quite a bit of time in my lowest three gears climbing to the top. There really arent any options until you get up there. There are well marked signs pointing toward Tunnel Canyon or West Ridge. Either trail will be predominantly downhill with a mix of technical rock areas to fast/smooth sweepers. Both trails ended on the Otero canyon trail. I went down the tunnel, rode Otero towards 337 to be sure where i was at. Easy retun on the highway option if necessary. I turned back, rode down Otero canyon, past Tunnel until it hit the base. Short turn back and i caught West Ridge back to Tunnel parking. There's basically a great triangular loop where the Tunnel & West Ridge trails come together, the ends of each connect by Otero canyon. You could park at either Tunnel or Otero, but the run fron Tunnel parking to the Tunnel/West ridge split is an awesome, but steep trail. Make sure you have good brake pads before the trip.


March 24, 2009
John Fisch Epic  
Review: This is a very good trail. It starts with a fun, mostly middle ring climb up the ravine--every bit as good as Otero next door. Once you get up the canyon, the trail veers east for a more strenuous climb with some technical goodies as you cross the ridge. Once on top, you have the option of riding up the ridge (very rocky) or dropping down a super cool descent to the base of Otero Canyon. From there, you have a few options. It's good to know where you are around here as it's easy to run into military property.

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