Birdhouse Ridge

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  4.0 from 5 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #7 in the Albuquerque area
#73 in NM, #3,011 Overall
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Trail in the area near Carnuel,
“A great alternate start or finish, to/from the Tunnel Canyon trailhead.”
Lee Brinckerhoff on Apr 2, 2013
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2.64.1 milesKilometers 13’4 m Ascent 7,222’2,201 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -654’-199 m Descent 6,580’2,006 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
May be closed during the summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office
Local Club: AMBA
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PHOTOS of Birdhouse Ridge
  3.0 from 4 votes
View of the Sandias and Cedro peak as you leave the burn scar on top. (Carnuel, NM)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Nice new trails thanks to FOO and the FS. (Carnuel, NM)
  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
View of the backside of the Sandia Mountains (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Burnt out area at the top of the Birdhouse Ridge Trail. (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
The rocky start to the West Ridge Trail from the junction with the Tunne... (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Birdhouse Ridge on the left and West Ridge on the right. (Carnuel, NM)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Tight spot between rocks. (Carnuel, NM)