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blue Otero Canyon

Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 267' 81 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 7,075' 2,156 m
Low: 6,811' 2,076 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Super fun varied singletrack through a beautiful canyon.

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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

Description

This amazing trail is great in either direction. On the way up there are smooth fast sections, rock gardens and one difficult steep pitch as the trail drops into, out of and across the canyon bottom. On the way down you float through the rock gardens and fly off built up jumps. The natural shelf and old dam in the bottom of the canyon make great launches of a bit over 2 feet with nice clean run outs. The very bottom of the trail has nice flowing turns that work back and forth across the canyon before a final rocky, twisty bit to get back to the trailhead.

This trail runs mostly north to south with the trailhead parking at the north end and the Kirtland Air Force Base withdrawal area at the south end. Be sure not to cross into the KAFB land as they do periodically enforce it and at least on the Otero Canyon trail the boundary is signed quite well, you would have a hard time pleading ignorance.

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Jun 16, 2019
Sha Terese
I'm an Amateur 48 yo lady I have to walk up parts of GNasty. I do have a full suspension, which if you're new to this sport I recommend having one. 6.9mi
Jun 13, 2019
Kenneth Allen
Very rocky from washouts but still manageable. Just be aware of loose rocks 1mi
May 18, 2019
Frank Colt
May 15, 2019
Frank Colt
Dec 9, 2018
Hokie Kelley
Thick mud and snow
Apr 14, 2018
Sha Terese
Ok. I finally made it up Gnasty with some gusto! I’m small. Not too many places you have to walk if you can’t pull your bike to your body. A blast!…
Jan 7, 2018
James DuMont
Mar 17, 2017
Caleb Robinson
7.1mi — 3h 00m

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