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Otero Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

fairly technical with fairly steep climbs. Awesome downhills assuming you stay on the trail, otherwise you end up on unkmarked trails. you can do the loop backwards, but then you miss out on the downhills. There are two loops (the east and the west)
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Latitude
35.03449433167976
Longitude
-106.37786865234375
Trail Directions
from alb. take 40 west to TIJERAS (south 14/337) follow 337 south for a couple of miles. there are two parking lots. the lower lot has one trail, the upper lot has two or three trailheads.
Trail Length
9 miles per loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tijeras
   


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Review Date
October 18, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: j-kub ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Pretty fun trail once you make the arduous climb (about 3 miles, sucks on a SS). There is an area with undetonated explosive devices left over from WW2 testing (signs will show you), but stay on the trails and you should be fine. There is a myriad of side trails to take, but pay attention to the sun for direction and you should be fine. The downhill part back to the trail head is SUPER flowy and fun to bomb down, although you have to choose the right path to go down. Trust your gut, and huck you bike around!

Recommended Route:
Follow Trail 236 left and then up until you come to a 5 way intersection at a wash. Go up and left again to a single track called 'Un Poco Loco'. It's nice single track stuff cutting through the pines. Follow FR 106 to 321 to the TR236\56 spur to the fun downhill (some signs are on fire road intersections.



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Review Date
March 31, 2004

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: Ethanbro ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Incredible trail. If you love to earn your downhill route, this ride is a must. The climb can be really technical in sections with loose rock as well as huge stair-like sections that prove challenging to even the most trail-hardy. I rode it this past weekend and found the trail to be in great shape. Not much mud, mostly dry but not sandy, and the weather has been great lately GO HIT IT!

Recommended Route:
Start at the Tunneo or Tunnel trail S on 14 from the Otero parking area and climb up to where it intersects with The Otero trail at a 3-trail intersection. Go Right up a steep rocky staircase like section and follow trail all the way over to a dirt fire-road, and then back down the creek (the sick downhill-ish route) and then back up to the intersection you turned right on earlier and backtrack back to where you parked.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedro, Faulty, Ellis-10k, Tree Springs, everything off of rt. 14 or 536 is pretty killer this time of year.



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Review Date
December 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 6.00 votes

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Reviewed by: SpongeBobDiarrheaPants ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail kicks ass. It has just about everything you can ask for - and it was dry in late November. There are nice technical stair steps, some sections of fun rolling singletrack through forests, plenty of rocky descents, and a cool climb up the creek bed. I wish my commute to work was like that. I also wish I could stop crapping my underpants and wetting my bed.

Recommended Route:
We did the ride from the Tunnel Canyon TH, then headed up Otero Canyon, north back to the top of Tunnel Canyon and back to the TH. I'd guess it was about 14 miles or so.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know, I live in Colorado. But I only had one day to ride and I am happy we rode Otero Canyon. IMPEACH BUSH!



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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:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail and the heart of asweet trail system. There are parts of this trail for lots of rider skills and levels. Though the farther you go up the more technical the sections get. Nothing death defying though. Just rock gardens and short steep sections to deal with. Though there is a nice little drop on the lower section to take if you want. It only looks like a foot or so. But then right as your going off you notice that the ground just falls away under you. Runoff water has really eaten away right underneath where your droping from. It's still probably not much more than two feet. But it is always a trip to have the ground fall away under you right when you leap off! :)

Recommended Route:
I fist started riding otero from tunnel canyon. From the map I had I thought it was otero. I would ride over to Otero and take the road back. Then I would double back on the trail. And then I started taking the higher trails and comming back down otero. That is a blast!!! the last couple times it was getting dark as I got to the trail head so I just did an out and back on Otero. That drop is a reall kick in the dark!!! It is amazing what your bike will roll over when you can't quite make out the trail good enough to pick out a line! :)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you start at tunnel canyon and go over there is a trail to the right that goes up through some tough rock gardens. When that starts to level out and your hitting lots of root jumps and drops there is another right you can take. This will take you up and out to a whole bunch of trails both double and single track. I got lost up there once and ended up riding in pitch darkness using the stars to keep my direction and ended up at the town of ponderosa pine. I rode the highway back to my car about six miles or so in the darkness. Except for being blinded by the cars comming and going that was an excellent ride down the canyon highway! I got cruisen!!! :)



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Review Date
August 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Marc Beverly ,  Cross Country Rider , from Tijeras,NM 87059

Summary:
Great trail! I used if for commuting to work for years. Good breakoffs here and there (better know where you're at)...new trails have been made in the last several years and the old maps are void. Better get it now before they close it off to the public!!!

Recommended Route:
As stated above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedro, Faulty Foothills (ABQ), Sandia Peak



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