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faulty trail

Average Rating:    (4.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

this trail has just great technical singletrack! The trail climbs north from parking area With very steep sections At spring creek fork in the trail keep climbing & hook up with the 10k trail & you can downhill to sandia ski area & ride the road back
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Latitude
34.994003757575776
Longitude
-106.6552734375
Trail Directions
head east on I40 to N14 ceadar crest exit take left on canyoncito tr. head just past post office. follow this paved road till it turns to dirt & then its a couple miles to trailhead.
Trail Length
out&back 11mi
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Albuquerque
   


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Review Date
July 23, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Skelldify ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail deserves and update. It is awesome! I like to ride up Bill Spring Trail, South on Faulty, and back NE on Armijo.

Bill Spring is a gradual creekbed climb that gets brutally steep and pretty techy right at the top.

Faulty starts with a lot of steep techy ups, and less steep, fast somewhat techy downs. Towards the 2nd 1/2 (past the intersection with Cienega trail) it tends a bit more towards mostly dh. Approx. 1/3 up, 2/3 down. GREAT RIDE!

Armijo is Fast, Ripping downhill. Although today when I rode it, the trail was all pounded up from horses. Bummer.

Recommended Route:
Up Bill Spring, Across Faulty, Down Armijo for approx. 8 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
It might be interesting to make a figure-8 by climbing the Cienega Horse Bypass Trail.



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Review Date
November 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I totally loved it! I was really suprized how great the riding was. Alot of the hiking I have done on Sandia is on pretty smooth trails, and was worried that the trail would be too tame to mountain bike on. NOT Loved the sweet rock stair section down into some canyon, and then on the other side getting out it was nothing but rock gardens for awhile that were really challenging. had to bike a hike and re-start alot, but it was fun. Plus the downhill runs after that section were really sweet.

Recommended Route:
I went up the cei-something horse bypass, to faulty then over and down amijio?? and then back up the horse bypass to my car. Loved the ride. Can't wait to explore more of these trials before the snow hits. Gonna get some snowshoe's so I can be really familiar with this trail system come next spring...and the downhill on Amirijlio?? whatever it is called, was a kick, lots of natural burms, and some good kickers

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedro, tunnel canyon, otero, and the trail systems on the back side of otero?? something with an M? there is really alot of trails back there that aren't on any mountain biking maps I have seen? ended up way back up at the town of ponderosa pine one time...



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Review Date
September 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ethanbro ,  Cross Country Rider , from Albuquerque, NM

Summary:
Wow, what a workout! My bro and I did the trail backwards, from N to S along the fault line (Faulty Trail). We parked at the Church just across 14 from FS 299 (Canoncito) and rode up 14 to 536 to Sulfer Canyon. Take this picnic grounds parking lot all the way to the top and the trail can be picked up there. Going this direction you have more climbing, but it's nice to get all the climbing out of the way in the beginning. Lots of rock gardens, and some steep downhill sections that are a blast (if you know how to pick a line!) Be prepared to hike-a-bike at times, as in some of the steep sections it's sometimes hard to maintain momentum and keep spinning. Very worthy trail, it's super beautiful, nice rocky challenge, and the climbs will humble you a bit. Going N to S, finding the trail that leads you back down to 299 (cole springs campground) is not too hard, just watch for the signs.
~E

Recommended Route:
see above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
10k, Ellis loop, Oso, King of the Mountain, Watermelon, (the whole east mountain area is killer!)



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Review Date
May 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mark , from albuq, nm

Summary:
Found the trail w/difficulty at the edge of the cemetary...no tresspassing signs ALL OVER. Very steep and rocky for the first segment...came to a service road and was unable to find where trail continued



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Review Date
November 10, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dr. Rearrango , from Albuquerque, NM

Summary:
Use "Dan's Cutoff" Recently the road to the Canoncito, Cole Springs, & Bart's Trail area of the Sandia Wilderness has been blocked with a new private road gate. Find the beginning of the cutoff at the NW corner of the Canoncito Cemetery. I always forget how awesome this ride is! This is the route to go it you like a little bit more climbing, because you're doing it opposite of most riders. Faulty has everything from buff single cruising to rock hike-a-bikes- all with lots of elevation gain. This is one of the more demanding trails in the Sandias. It is getting worn down with more downhill bike traffic each year. The limestone rock gardens are plentiful and challenging either when going up or down. This is just a beautiful trail. Be sure you can handle technical rock riding before riding this trail. Bring food, water and tools as it is quite a hump back to the road from several sections of the trail. Four stars for being challenging single track with plenty of elevation gain.

Recommended Route:
Look for the new Dan's Cutoff in the Canoncito Cemetary. Up Faulty to Oso Corredor to Tree Springs and then up to 10k to Ski area. Follow the Faulty Trail signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Doc Long to Oso Corredor. Otero, Cedro.



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