King of the Mountain, Golden Eagle Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,108' 642 m
Descent: -2,122' -647 m
High: 10,275' 3,132 m
Low: 8,653' 2,637 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A grueling climb followed by a fast descent on the Sandia Peak Ski Area trails.”— LeeAB Brinckerhoff
Through the middle portion of the climb you'll end up in the trees and are faced with rocks and roots in the corners. There are several technical sections, some on short downhills, that feature big rock ledges and roots or very narrow lines. The upper bit of the climb smooths out again and you eventually come out on a short section of dirt road to get up to the top of one of the lifts.
This is a great place to peddle up to the crest and look out over the city or have a burger at the High Finance restaurant.
Continue past the lift and around the ski patrol shed to pick up the Golden Eagle trail. This trail descends almost the whole way, though there are a couple of short uphill spots and few longer flat sections that require peddling. There is not much beyond controlling your speed and the chop from other riders breaking into corners to challenge the rider. There will be several times that you cross trails and service roads on the descent, just stay straight on the singletrack.
Local Club: AMBA
Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office
Jun 11, 2019: Elena Gallegos Fire
Jun 11, 2019: Suppression efforts continue on Elena Gallegos Fire