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West Ridge

Consensus:    (details)
 3.5 from 2 votes
  Difficult from 1 vote
Rank: #17 in the Albuquerque area
#65 in New Mexico
#3,565 Overall
Condition:
Mar 21 Dry - Dry
Trail near Tijeras village,  area, 
“A pu pu plater of riding obstacles.”
Lee Brinckerhoff on Apr 2, 2013
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2.43.9 milesKilometers 305’93 m Ascent 7,348’2,240 m High 4.6% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -284’-87 m Descent 7,071’2,155 m Low 10.4% Max Grade
Restrictions
May be closed during summer months due to fire danger - check with the ranger station for details.
Description
Starting from the Tunnel Canyon, the West Ridge has 3 significant climbs mixed with some fast twisting singletrack in the trees before plunging back down into Otero Canyon. The climbs are characterized by loose terrain that either needs to be avoided or ridden smoothly to maintain traction. There are also a handful of limestone ledges to negotiate along with the occasional rock garden.

The top of the ridge offers a twisting track among the piñon trees with a rock garden here and there before you hit the KAFB withdrawal boundary. From here the trail drops with tight turns and several rocks to jump or avoid and a log to ride. The last bit will leave a smile on anyones face.
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PHOTOS of West Ridge
 2.0 from 2 votes
Burnt out area at the top of the Birdhouse Ridge Trail. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
The last sandy stair steps of the West Ridge climbing. As you can see pl... (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Final rock step before the junction with the West Ridge Trail. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Can you see the KAFB Warning/Do Not Enter Sign?.....It's right there, be... (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
The rocky start to the West Ridge Trail from the junction with the Tunne... (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Narrow log ride anyone? (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Birdhouse Ridge on the left and West Ridge on the right. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Trail junction between the West Ridge and Otero Canyon Trails. (Tijeras village, NM)
 1.5 from 2 votes
A closer view of the sign that is hidden in the trees. I actually have m... (Tijeras village, NM)
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