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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking West Ridge Trail

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#74 of 282 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#5,234 in the world

This is a steep and very rocky/technical trail on the west ridge above Otero Canyon. There are constant ledges and jagged rocks throughout its significant grade. This trail opens up numerous loop options in the Otero/Tunnel Canyon complex.

First added by John Fisch on Sep 29, 2013. 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
The West Ridge Trail starts at the top of the Tunnel Canyon trail on the ridge above the west side of Otero Canyon. The upper end of the West Ridge Trail joins the upper end of Otero Canyon.
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  • Gdb49

    Fun and beautiful. Unbelievable local crag, lucky for those who live in this area!

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Hard to add anything besides what was said in a description for this trail. It's a rocky trail that gets slippery when wet. It's fun in both directions if you know how to handle a 3-mile long rock garden. And I love it

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  • skelldify

    I usually ride this one from N to S. Going this way, it starts with a really crappy, loose climb for 1/4 mile or so. Just when you're really hating it, you see the top.

    The rest of the trail is slightly uphill, with some fun techy climbs, and rock gardens.
    All of them are rideable if you have good skills. It's pretty fun from S to N too, but it takes the edge off a bit.

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  • John Fisch

    This is an excellent trail if you're a serious rock hound. While it's more fun as a descent than a climb, it makes a better uphill leg as the other trails it connects to (Otero Canyon and Birdhouse Ridge) are even better downhills. It's worth repeated riding as you can measure your improvement in how many obstacles you can clear without stopping for breath. The rocks can be challenging, but are doable--the tougher parts are rutted in addition to being rocky.

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