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Tunnel Canyon

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 3.0 from 3 votes
  Intermediate from 3 votes
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Rank: #23 in the Albuquerque area
#69 in New Mexico
#3,536 Overall
Trail near Tijeras village,  area, 
“A grinding climb followed by rock ledges on the descent.”
Lee Brinckerhoff on Apr 2, 2013
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2.54.0 milesKilometers 481’147 m Ascent 7,064’2,153 m High 5.4% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -222’-68 m Descent 6,592’2,009 m Low 10.0% Max Grade
Restrictions
May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
Overview
2:39 average ride time for 9.6 miles. Details

Description
The trail starts out as a gradual climb along the right side of the canyon with few obstacles. It gets steeper for a bit when it switches to the left side in a wide sweeping turn. There is not much beyond the grade to impede your progress. Once you reach the high point of the trail it winds through the piñon trees for a ways until you come to the trail junction with the West Ridge.

At this point the Tunnel Canyon Trail drops to the left towards Otero Canyon. You are immediately greeted with a series of rock steps, which will be a recurring theme the whole way down. The largest of the steps are those first ones and there's another large set near the middle of the descent.
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COMMENTS
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PHOTOS of Tunnel Canyon
 2.7 from 3 votes
The culvert tunnel under "South 14" is well-lit and easily rideable but ... (Carnuel, NM)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Descending the last bit of Blue Ribbon to the Otero Canyon junction. (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
Big rock steps on the climb from Otero Canyon back up to the West Ridge. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Tunnel Canyon Trail climbing along the hillside. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Tight spot between rocks. (Tijeras village, NM)
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