Tunnel Canyon

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  3.0 from 4 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #20 in the Albuquerque area
#174 in NM, #8,132 Overall
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Trail in the area near Carnuel,
“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% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -222’-68 m Descent 6,592’2,009 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
2:39 average time for 9.6 miles. Details

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 pion 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.
Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office
Local Club: AMBA
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A nice figure 8 ride with lots of fun singletrack and plenty of ledges and ba...
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4.0 (1)
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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. (Ponderosa Pine, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Final rock step before the junction with the West Ridge Trail. (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Big rock steps on the climb from Otero Canyon back up to the West Ridge. (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Tunnel Canyon Trail climbing along the hillside. (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Tight spot between rocks. (Carnuel, NM)