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Placitas Open Space

Intermediate
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Rolling gravel hills north of Placitas.


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5.6

Miles

9.1

KM

90%

Singletrack

5,577' 1,700 m

High

5,288' 1,612 m

Low

569' 174 m

Up

569' 173 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This area of low hills is a mixture of BLM and Albuquerque Open Space (AOS) land. There is some pleasant singletrack and the coarse gravel makes a good trail tread. Like Strip Mine Trail and other USFS Placitas trails to the south, this is a good winter area with some of the lowest altitudes in the Albuquerque area.

Need to Know

Getting there: Take the Bernalillo Rt 165 exit and head east. After just a couple hundred feet, turn left on the frontage road and head north parallel to I-25. Just beyond the Yearsley driveway ("Trucks Only") turn right on Camino Manzano. After a couple miles, turn left onto Santa Ana Loop. Follow this to Cloud View Ct where you'll find a gate with parking nearby and the trailhead.

Description

Head up the arroyo and after about 0.3 miles you'll turn right and climb to the hilltop. At 0.6 miles, you'll cross under a power line and continue east on singletrack. This section gets faint, so the MTBP app will be helpful. At 0.9 miles, is a saddle and an AOS gate. Beyond is a marked singletrack. Continue to the SE and you'll reach the Pipeline Road trail. After a couple miles, you'll turn to the north and cross Huertas arroyo.

A right turn leads to the east trailhead. Head west and cross the fence back to BLM land. A very steep slope leads down into Huertas arroyo again. Head west and you'll hit the same power line again. Go south on the power line doubletrack, then turn right for the final section of trail that will take you back to the trailhead.

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John Geronimo

Trail Ratings

  2.0 from 12 votes

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in Placitas

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Trailhead at 5200 feet is one of the lowest in the Albuquerque area
Feb 14, 2015 near Enchant…, NM
Looking southeast towards the Sandias
Feb 14, 2015 near Placitas, NM
Nice singletrack on Placitas Open Space
Feb 14, 2015 near Placitas, NM

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Apr 5, 2020
Bryan Nayrb
rough. wouldn't recommend bad motor scooter. would opt to hit jackrabbit and loop back to the rest of the trails. pretty confusing and not a lot of… 7mi
Sep 16, 2019
Jerome Polingyumptewa
first timer.
Jun 1, 2019
ac cal
Jan 30, 2017
Adam Getty
Oct 4, 2015
Rachel Danczyk
May 10, 2015
david mcchesney