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Carl Shipman

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

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Awesome downhill ride for about 6 miles to base of Cochiti Canyon. Screaming turns, with tons of pumice powder that makes you think you are skiing on this stuff. Definately not for the week at heart, and requires a significant level of riding experience. You will not be disappointed - this is one of the best downhill screamers in all of New Mexico! You will finish at the base of the canyon and cross a stream to get back on the dirt road that will take you the 10 miles or so back to Dixon's Orchid. Or - for the good challenge - turn right once you cross the stream and follow the dirt road to the trailhead for "Switchbacks" a 2 mile climb back out of the canyon. This is rideable in parts - and too steep in others. But it gets you nack out of the canyon fairly fast. Once you get back out of the canyon you will come to another dirt road - turnright and take another right later on. you will be about 6 miles from end of Crosstown. You can ride Crosstown back to your car - or you can just follow Fr 36. Congrats you just finsihed one hell of a ride!
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Trail Directions
From Abq - Drive to Cochiti Lake, and continue on toward to Dixon's Orchid - but turn right at Dome Road 289. Follow for 14.5 miles to intersection of 36 and 289. Park here on west side near animal pen. At this intersection is the trailhea for Cross Town, and .75 miles away down 289 is Mid Town. It is best to ride Mid Town to Carl Shipman - but Fr. 289 will take you there as well. The Carl Shipman trail head is about 3 miles down the Fr. 289 (coming back the way you came). Or if you ride Mid Town it is directly accross 289 from where 289 ends (conveninent)
Trail Length
6 miles just for CS trail
Trail Level
Trail Type
Cochiti Lake

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Review Date
August 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: phlbbbbbbbbbbt ,  Weekend Warrior , from Albuquerque, NM

This is a great downhill trail dropping down into Cochiti Canyon on an old motorcross path. The trail hugs the canyon wall contour and has a few very tight swithcback turns. Length is nat as long as listed about, but it is a fairly long ride down.

Recommended Route:
Top to bottom is the only way I know of. This would be climbable, but would involve some hiking.

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