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Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 481' 147 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 7,064' 2,153 m
Low: 6,592' 2,009 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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Dry, Fallen Trees - Two fallen trees

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A grinding climb followed by rock ledges on the descent.

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for 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 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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Jun 13, 2018
Tenzin Chuteng
Dec 31, 2017
Sha Terese
Took what I thought was tunnel to Otero. But no tunnels. 5.3mi
May 23, 2017
Kyle Lyons
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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  3.4 from 7 votes

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#293

in New Mexico

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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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