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Tunnel Canyon

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (10)

A grinding climb followed by rock ledges on the descent.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Singletrack

7,064' 2,153 m

High

6,592' 2,009 m

Low

481' 147 m

Up

222' 68 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Shared By:

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 10 votes

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#346

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Photos

Rock ledges galore await you on Birdhouse Ridge which is best ridden downhill.
Sep 8, 2016 near Carnuel, NM
About halfway up Tunnel Canyon.
Jul 20, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
The culvert tunnel under "South 14" is well-lit and easily rideable but does include a large rock part way through
Oct 12, 2014 near Carnuel, NM
Descending the last bit of Blue Ribbon to the Otero Canyon junction.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Tight spot between rocks.
Apr 2, 2013 near Carnuel, NM
Tunnel Canyon Trail climbing along the hillside.
Apr 2, 2013 near Carnuel, NM

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May 1, 2020
Eric Foltz
Aug 18, 2019
Aaron Kikola
Ran downhill with Paul - from connecting trails West Ridge & Birdhouse Ridge
Jul 29, 2019
Erica L
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