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Cross Town

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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Trail is about 12 miles long (24 miles for out and back) and follows the rim of Cochiti Canyon. Good fast ride in pumice with some rocky technical areas and a few short steeps. Great views of Cochiti and Sandia mtn. Will also run into big old growth aspen forest. The first 1/4 mile of the trail is former single track made parrallel by mudhaters. Ride this for 3 miuntes or so, and come to dirt road, take right on road, ride short ways up hill and turn at second left to single track. From here on out there will be 3 or 4 other intersections to where the single track crosses (or follows a road for a short while). But the entire trail is single track. The trail comes out on Fr. 36 - about 3 miles from where you parked your car. Turn right to go back to car - or ride the trail back as a great out and back. A great trip would be to connect this with Mid Town, Carl Shipman, and climb out of the canyon on the Switchback trail about 1/2 mile from the base of Carl Shipman.
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Latitude
35.8239
Longitude
-106.445733
Trail Directions
From Albuquerque - Drive to town of Cochiti Lake and continue toward Dixon's Apple Orchard - but do not ddriver there. Turn right on Dome Road 289 and drive 14.5 miles to interestion of 289 & 36. (This is about 1/2 mile south of Bandelier NM). Park on west side near animal pen. Trail is on S.E. side of tee (36 & 389 intersection).
Trail Length
12 miles (24 out and back)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cochiti Lake
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Review Date
August 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: TommyEggsandwich ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I would probably call this a Los Alamos trail instead of a Cochiti lake trail since LA is a little closer and you can get to the trailhead using paved roads 90% of the way. I guess if you're starting in Abq, then Cochiti lake is closer so it makes sense. If you're in LA, Santa Fe, or northern NM, do not go through Cochiti lake. Go through Los Alamos. Take W Jemez out of Los Alamos (NM 501)for 4 miles, turn right at the T (back gate of LANL) onto NM 4. Go 6ish miles up NM. After you pass the Cerro Grande/Frijoles trails parking lots, you'll see FR 289 in a few hundred yards. Turn left. Go 2 miles or so down FR 289. You'll see a sign for Santa Fe national forest and a few hundred yards past that, you'll see a parking lot near the corral. This is the same corral as in the original trail description. Trailhead waypoint is N35 49.433 W106 26.743.

The trail is a nice singletrack ramble. It's generally smooth and not too technical outside of a few rutted or rocky ascents/descents. In contrast to the other reviewer, I would say this trail gets muddy and stays muddy for awhile. I would wait a few days after a rain before a ride.

It starts at ~8700 ft and basically follows the 8700ft contour for about 9 miles. It climbs and drops numerous times, but they're short. Once you hit the old gravel pit, the trail climbs several hundred feet back to FR 36. At the intersection, you can continue on a loop that climbs steep up to the left. This loop follows along the ridgeline for mile or so before returning back to the cross town trail a mile or so below the old gravel pit. The loop section is steep, covered in loose rocks and the drop back into the cross town trail is steep, eroded and hair raising...and quite a bit of fun.

Note that the trail is used by motorcycles too. I don't see lots out there, but keep an eye out for them.





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Review Date
August 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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

Summary:
This is my favorite trail on Cochiti Mesa. It can be done as an out an back or as a connector between other trails out here. Much of the trail is in the treeline, but does not stray too far from FR 36. You will ride in aspen, ponderosa pine, jumiper, and get some awesome views of cochiti canyon at about the 1/2 way point.

There are a few short challenging climbs, but mostly this is a gentle trail that winds through the forest. Some rock gardens- not many. Most of the trail is the soft balck dirt or pumice. It packs down very well in the rain, so don't be afraid to ride this during the monsoon season.

Recommended Route:
start to finish - or out and back. your choice.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mid Town, Carl Shipman, Mejedia, Virgin Mesa, Holiday Mesa, Cebollita Mesa



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