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Birdhouse Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (11)

A great alternate start or finish, to/from the Tunnel Canyon trailhead.


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

Singletrack

7,222' 2,201 m

High

6,580' 2,006 m

Low

13' 4 m

Up

654' 199 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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'll 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.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Shared By:

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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  4.0 from 11 votes

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View of the Sandias and Cedro peak as you leave the burn scar on top.
May 21, 2013 near Carnuel, NM
Tunnel Canyon has some really challenging climbs.
Sep 8, 2016 near Carnuel, NM
The rocky start to the West Ridge Trail from the junction with the Tunnel Canyon Trail.
Apr 2, 2013 near Carnuel, NM
Nice new trails thanks to FOO and the FS.
Apr 2, 2013 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
View of the backside of the Sandia Mountains
Apr 2, 2013 near Carnuel, NM

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Apr 5, 2020
Miguel Contreras
1.9mi
Aug 18, 2019
Aaron Kikola
Ran it uphill with Paul - first day on the Kona
Jun 13, 2018
Tenzin Chuteng
May 30, 2018
Kings Josh
Apr 8, 2018
Alfred Baughman
Nov 24, 2017
Heather Goodrich
Sep 19, 2016
Frank Skimahorn
Don't let the blue rating fool you. This trail is hard when going uphill. It is quite ledgy. Most will be putting some feet down occasionally.
May 5, 2014
Richard Noland