West Ridge

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Rank: #16 in the Albuquerque area
#165 in NM, #7,860 Overall
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Trail in the area near Carnuel,
“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 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -284’-87 m Descent 7,071’2,155 m Low 17% Max Grade (10°)
May be closed during summer months due to fire danger - check with the ranger station for details.
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 pion 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.
Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office
Local Club: AMBA
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PHOTOS of West Ridge
  2.0 from 2 votes
Burnt out area at the top of the Birdhouse Ridge Trail. (Carnuel, NM)
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The last sandy stair steps of the West Ridge climbing. As you can see pl... (Ponderosa Pine, NM)
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Narrow log ride anyone? (Ponderosa Pine, NM)
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Trail junction between the West Ridge and Otero Canyon Trails. (Ponderosa Pine, NM)
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Birdhouse Ridge on the left and West Ridge on the right. (Carnuel, NM)
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Can you see the KAFB Warning/Do Not Enter Sign?.....It's right there, be... (Ponderosa Pine, NM)
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The rocky start to the West Ridge Trail from the junction with the Tunne... (Carnuel, NM)
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Final rock step before the junction with the West Ridge Trail. (Carnuel, NM)
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A closer view of the sign that is hidden in the trees. I actually have m... (Ponderosa Pine, NM)