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North Faulty Trail

 7 votes

5.8 Miles 9.3 Kilometers


688' 210 m


-1,239' -378 m


8,103' 2,470 m


7,369' 2,246 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (18°)

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A very challenging narrow and rocky trail, remote feeling in sections.

LeeAB Brinckerhoff


Can be closed for fire danger during summer months, check with the ranger station.


This is a very challenging trail and not for the faint of heart. Just going off the downhill side of the trail in places could have some serious consequences.

The upper end starts out smooth enough but very tight through scrub oak. Things then open up and the rocks start in ernest. You are faced with a tough climb after rolling through a ravine.

A short meadow follows where you need to make a U-turn to stay on the correct trail and then the descending begins. At times rocky, steep, narrow and loose or any combination of those characteristics can apply. Hold onto your handlebars for the ride and try to stay relaxed.


Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

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Matías Fontenla
Jun 28, 2014
John Geronimo
Rode up and down. Actually preferred up, less walking. 12mi

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Bad / Closed 43 days ago
Fallen Trees - 25-35 fallen trees on North Faulty
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I tried turning south at the bottom of the ravine yesterday. This is the most obvious intersection in the trail. Don't go this way! The trail is barely navigable after the first few hundred yards because it's so overgrown. It used to be the Madera Canyon trail, and does eventually end up at the base of the ski hill, but it was not enjoyable at all, and certainly not rideable. Jun 12, 2015
Eric Cook
Albuquerque, NM
Eric Cook   Albuquerque, NM
Not an enjoyable ride, at least in its current overgrown, blown out state. Lots of walking just due to overgrown thorn bushes. 7/2/16 Jul 23, 2016
As I read the comments below it makes me wish i would have read them before i did this ride. Went the whole North Faulty, tons of down trees through out and over growth, but also had some nice techy stuff along the way. If you really wanted to do it, go for it, but your might just be doing some hiking along the way. Don't do close to sun down. Apr 20, 2017

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