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12 Hours of Albuquerque Race Course

Intermediate

Trail

12.1 mile 19.4 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,112' 339 m
Descent: -1,109' -338 m
High: 7,692' 2,345 m
Low: 7,284' 2,220 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Seth Bush

A great selection of trails out of Oak Flat that is used as part of the 12 Hours of Albuquerque.

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Family Friendly The Ponderosa Loop is great for families and not too technical. It is used in the 2 Hours of Albuquerque Beginner/Family Friendly race that is the same weekend.

It typically is covered in snow or too wet to ride from December to late March.

Overview

This is a great selection of trails in the ponderosa pine forests outside of Albuquerque, NM. The course includes some great sections of singletrack including the Deadman and Ponderosa loop descents. The first half of the course is a bit rockier and more technical. The second half is smoother and more beginner friendly. It is a really fun course!

The 12 Hour Course is 11.6 miles, has about 1250 feet of climbing, and travels between 7,300 ft and 7,700 ft above sea level. It is an alpine course in the ponderosa pines above Albuquerque. The course has some wide open, fast sections of flowing singletrack, a few tough climbs, as well as the occasional technical/rocky section of trail.

The course will take advantage of the trails in the Pine Flats and Oak Flats areas including: Oak Flat Connector, Deadman, Pine Loop, Pine Flat Connector, Gamble Oak, Caida Del Pino - Connects Easy Pickin' with Gamble Oak, Mahogany, Easy Pickin', and Ponderosa.The course will travel in a clockwise direction.

Need to Know

DON'T RIDE WET! And if you know anyone with horses, please tell them not to go there when it is muddy either!

Also, just be careful through some of the rocky sections. All the trails are marked, but it can be a little confusing the first time. The area gets a lot of use from horses, so be considerate.

There is a great view of the Sandia Mountains (complete with picnic table) where Easy Pickin' meets the Oak Flat Connector.

Description

The course runs clockwise starting at Oak Flat trailhead. Take the Oak Flat Connector to Easy Pickin'. Go right on Easy Pickin' until you reach Caida Del Pino - Connects Easy Pickin' with Gamble Oak. Turn left on Caida Del Pino and prepare for a fun but sometimes rocky descent.

Continue to the left on Gamble Oak, then left again on Pine Loop. Take another left at the Oak Flat Connector and take this punchy climb up to Deadman. Turn right and prepare for a ripping descent that alternates between rocky and technical and smooth and fast. It is a blast.

At the t-intersection, turn right on Pine Flat Connector. Climb for a bit and turn left on Gamble Oak. It will trend up with a couple of short descents. Turn right onto Pokerchip South which will connect you to Mahogany. Stay on Mahogany for a while. It is mostly up to the intersection with the Ponderosa Loop Trail. Go left on Ponderosa, and the trail will take you down a great descent.

Keep going in a clockwise direction through a great mixture of singletrack and doubletrack. It will take you all the way back around to the Oak Flat Group area to Easy Pickin' and back to the staging area. The course follows the outside of the parking lot back to the transition tent.

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Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

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Jun 14, 2019
Gary Echert
May 22, 2019
Craig McNeill
12 hours of Alb loop was good fun. Nothing too technical. Trails pretty tacky. Careful of work being done to thin forest. 12.5mi
Dec 11, 2017
Cat Dobson
meh. I think that if a person knew the trail system well, they'd be able to string together a decent ride.
Dec 11, 2017
Jeffrey Bopp
Nov 19, 2017
JesseTremaine Tremaine
Sep 20, 2017
Rachel Danczyk
12.3mi — 1h 37m
Sep 9, 2017
Ron Cooepr
Fun
Jul 14, 2017
Caleb Robinson
18mi — 3h 00m

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  4.1 from 16 votes

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Photos

Sandías in the background
May 15, 2015 near Pondero…, NM
On trail wildlife. I saw an interesting looking rock that suddenly started to move, turns out it was this little guy. Horny toad.
Apr 8, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Steep and nasty (pic does not do it justice!)
May 15, 2015 near Pondero…, NM
Triangle where Ponderosa meets Juan Tomas
May 15, 2015 near Pondero…, NM
North side is open meadow lands with Ponderosa pines
Jul 24, 2014 near Pondero…, NM
Junction where Caida del Pino meets Gamble Oak
May 15, 2015 near Pondero…, NM

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