Tunnel Canyon

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Trail

2.5 Miles 4.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

481' 147 m

Ascent

-222' -68 m

Descent

7,064' 2,153 m

High

6,592' 2,009 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Unknown

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A grinding climb followed by rock ledges on the descent.

Lee Brinckerhoff

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May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for 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.

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Aug 16, 2016
Daniel Jones
Aug 4, 2013
DONNY KOLOZSY
May 12, 2013
David Roe
Tunnel Canyon. 1000 feet of climb. dry trail. beautiful views. 9.6mi — 2h 39m

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The eastern half of the trail is kinda boring. I've resorted to just doing it as fast as possible to keep it interesting (up or down, same deal). The west, Otero, side is more interesting, but pretty short. Jun 4, 2014


Great way to warm up and get up to some more interesting trails. Nice, doable (but not cake) climbing. Then some fun, chattery downhill pieces to intersection. Jul 24, 2015


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