January 6, 2005
3 of 5
4 of 5
3 of 5
Once a week
Reviewed by: Timo
Cross Country Rider
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).
***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,