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Albuquerque Volcanoes

 6 votes

3.0 Miles 4.8 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

308' 94 m

Ascent

-244' -74 m

Descent

5,935' 1,809 m

High

5,794' 1,766 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Unknown

Update

Mild terrain with enough chunky volcanic rocks to add technical interest

John Geronimo

Overview

Petroglyph National Monument day use area. Gate and area open 9 am to 5 pm. It is also possible to park at the Maloof Air Park to the west.
Three low volcanoes rise from the plain west of Albuquerque. From north to south, they are named JA, Black, and Vulcan. Part of Petroglyph National Monument, the popular hiking trails that run around them can also be ridden.

Need to Know

Obviously very hot and dry in the summer. Take plenty of water and repair equipment or tubeless with sealant for the goatheads. There are pit toilets at the parking area.

Description

Most of the terrain is gently rolling but the singletrack has enough chunky boulders and loose rocks to be interesting.

There is fast sandy doubletrack that takes you between and around the volcanic cones. The sand can get deep but it is not as bad as the steep deep silt of the El Cerro de Los Lunas area.

The one steep section is on the northeast side of the northernmost or "Vulcan" volcano. This volcano is best ridden clockwise so you can ride or walk down this section.

There are miles of additional doubletrack accessible in this area as well.

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Mar 19, 2017
Normand Legault
3mi
Nov 27, 2016
Wild Heartedson
Traffic was light and we only encountered three hikers. MTB use is always light out here and bikers have plenty of elbow room. Was WINDY on this pa...
Nov 21, 2016
Zach Spletter
3mi

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These listed trails are currently closed for regeneration, however there is still one trail open (pass the first volcano on the north, second volcano on the east sides) and then a side trail that heads south back to I-40 before the first volcano. Feb 22, 2016
Short trail that beats the heck out of you. Good views of ABQ and the Sandias. Good trail for a quick loop. Oct 14, 2017

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