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West Ridge

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Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 305' 93 m
Descent: -284' -87 m
High: 7,348' 2,240 m
Low: 7,071' 2,155 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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A rocky and rugged trail.

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

May be closed during summer months due to fire danger - check with the ranger station for details.

Description

Starting from the Tunnel Canyon, the West Ridge has 3 significant climbs mixed with some smooth twisting singletrack in the trees before plunging back down into Otero Canyon. The climbs are characterized by loose terrain. There are also a handful of limestone ledges along with the occasional rocky section.

The top of the ridge offers a twisting track among the pion trees with rocky sections here and there before you hit the KAFB withdrawal boundary. From here the trail drops with tight turns and several rocks.

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Oct 27, 2019
Melissa McLean
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West Ridge Trail Lookin to the West
Oct 31, 2019 near Carnuel, NM
West Ridge Trail looking at Tejeras to the North
Oct 31, 2019 near Pondero…, NM
The last sandy stair steps of the West Ridge climbing.
Sep 21, 2017 near Pondero…, NM
West Ridge.
Sep 21, 2017 near Pondero…, NM
Rocky section before the junction with the West Ridge Trail.
Sep 21, 2017 near Carnuel, NM

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