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Manzano/4-Hills

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

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Part of the City of Albuquerque Open Space Territory (http://www.cabq.gov/openspace/sandiafoothills.html ) This area has recently been fenced off and several roads/jeep trails have been closed off to motorized vehicles by the city. This area has a maze of singletrack, doubletrack, rutted and washboard roads and dirt roads. There actually is some pretty decent riding back here if you know how to string together the singletrack that is spread out in no logical fashion. The city is hoping a mountain bike or some other non-motorized group will adopt some of the trails and bring this heavily damaged area into some form of park.
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Latitude
35.04306788725054
Longitude
-106.48481369018554
Trail Directions
You can drive all the way through 4-hills and access via Stagecoach. Or for quicker access, you can drive on Central Avenue to about 1/2 mile east of Tramway. As you dirve on the old 66, look for the new Association of Radiological Technologies Building and there is a parking lot just east of here.
Trail Length
15~25? Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Albuquerque
Country
USA
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Review Date
January 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Timo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A lot of varied terrain with some very steep and technical climbs in sickly rutted and steep decomposed granite/sandy washes. Some of the road climbs - especially as you head to the big peaks to the east and outside of the COA-open space boundary - are very challenging and will test your skill and endurance. There is alot of stuff packed back here, but you will have to make your ride up as you go because there is no designated route or real method to riding out here.

Not really a destination spot - out of towners should head to the North & South Foothills for signed trails, etc. But this is great nooner or after workout in cooler months because of the climbs.

There are also some technical donhill runs hidden back in here, and the remnants of the old illegal freeride park (since torn down and authorized to be rebuilt at SFH).

Recommended Route:
***Once at the Central P-lot, look out for the saddle between the two peak areas - there are two powerline poles. Head off in that direction and ride toward the city water tower tank. Just past the tank is an entrance into the fenced in area, head off to the smaller peak(s) just west of the tank and explore there. Then head back over to tank and take dirt road over to "official" Manzano park entrance. Ride up dirt roads to the taller peaks to the east and look to your left for varios trails to explore in the smaller "peaks" as you climb toward to taller ones. It will take you several trips to learn this area, but it certainly is worht it to learn all the stuff back here. Hoepfully someday we can get some volunteers and develop the park the way the city would like volunteers to do. This could be another SFH if we put in the effort. I will rate this a 3 because of the mess that is out there, but if we had designated trails I would rate it higher.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
SFH, NFH, Cedro,



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