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Birdhouse Ridge

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 4.0 from 5 votes
  Intermediate from 3 votes
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Rank: #5 in the Albuquerque area
#15 in New Mexico
#1,248 Overall
Trail near Tijeras village,  area, 
“A great alternate start or finish, to/from the Tunnel Canyon trailhead.”
Lee Brinckerhoff on Apr 2, 2013
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2.6 Miles 13’ Ascent 7,222’ High 4.9% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -654’ Descent 6,580’ Low 9.9% Max Grade
Restrictions
May be closed during the summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
Description
This trail was cut in 2011 by FOO and the forest service, and is a great addition. It is mostly flat and downhill if you start from the West Ridge Trail.

Starting from the West Ridge junction you will quickly come to a small burned out area that offers a great view of the back side of the Sandia Mountains. From here things start to drop with lots of twists and turns as the trail contours more along a hillside than a ridge. There are also a few sections with rock ledges but nothing too technical.

Eventually you really start to go down on an open hillside and you'll encounter a couple of hairpins, then a longer straight section with some more rocky bits followed by 2 more hairpins. The trail then enters the trees again for the last fast, flowing bit before you pop out onto the Tunnel Canyon Trail less than 100 yards from the Tunnel Canyon Trailhead.

You can also climb the trail as an alternate approach to the West Ridge.
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PHOTOS of Birdhouse Ridge
 3.0 from 2 votes
Nice new trails thanks to FOO and the FS. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.7 from 3 votes
View of the Sandias and Cedro peak as you leave the burn scar on top. (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.3 from 3 votes
View of the backside of the Sandia Mountains (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Burnt out area at the top of the Birdhouse Ridge Trail. (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
The rocky start to the West Ridge Trail from the junction with the Tunne... (Tijeras village, NM)
 2.0 from 2 votes
Tight spot between rocks. (Tijeras village, NM)
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