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King of the Mountain

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 3.4 (9)

A long singletrack climb or descent through the ski area with several technical challenges.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

Singletrack

10,269' 3,130 m

High

8,676' 2,645 m

Low

1,881' 573 m

Up

288' 88 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

The lower bit of the trail is narrow, running through the grassy areas of the ski runs. As you climb you'll end up in the trees at the northern edge of the ski area where you'll be faced with many rock steps and roots. Higher up the trees change to aspens in spots and could be wonderful in the fall. Finally you come more out onto the ski runs again near the top. Once on top there are restrooms and a restaurant as well as spectacular views of Albuquerque from the crest.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Shared By:

LeeAB Brinckerhoff with improvements by Sarah Councell

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 9 votes

#13

in Sandia Park

#16988

Overall
  3.4 from 9 votes
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Trail Rankings

#13

in Sandia Park

#391

in New Mexico

#16,988

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A full value couple of hours of cool, grueling uphill, away from that valley heat. Dozens of these open flats provide a few moments of recovery between many more steep and loose hairpins.
Sep 5, 2020 near Sandia…, NM
Framed by trees rounding a switchback
May 31, 2013 near Sandia…, NM
Derek peddling grassy switchbacks in the lower portion of the climb
May 31, 2013 near Sandia…, NM
Trying to clear big rocks, roots and miss the tree.
May 31, 2013 near Sandia…, NM

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May 18, 2018
Aaron Reilly