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5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 535' 163 m
Descent: -525' -160 m
High: 6,078' 1,853 m
Low: 5,656' 1,724 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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A beautiful singletrack loop south of Placitas.

Teddy Wagner

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Overview

This loop is a great tour of the Placitas trail system. The trails are well-marked, and the ups and downs on the loop make for a fun hike.

Need to Know

Heavy mountain bike use, with lots of blind turns, so earbuds are not recommended. Also, plenty of non-fee parking available.

Heavy network of trails. Not always clear or marked where to go. Track the run using the Hiking Project mobile app, or another, to make sure you are staying on course.

Description

Beginning at the trailhead and kiosk for Strip Mine #51, head west to Mustang Alley #60 and take this to Bootleg #54. From there, head south to Bobsled #52 and then north on Sidewinder #61 until High Voltage #59. Take High Voltage to Strip Mine, then head west back toward the trailhead.

Overall, this is an up and down loop of singletrack utilizing the USFS Placitas Area Trail System. The area is extremely well-signed and offers expansive views of the Sandia Mountains and even Cabezon, from the top of the High Voltage Trail. Nearly all of the loop is well worn singletrack, and the beginning and ending location has ample parking and trail information. This is a real gem and gives Albuquerque hikers a real change of pace.

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May 5, 2019
Michael White
Apr 28, 2019
Sarah Mahoney
Nice 5 miler! Pretty and easy trucking. — 1h 33m
Mar 16, 2019
Savannah Rodgers
Jan 21, 2019
R.j. Garcia
Morning hike with Tank and dog :) 3.9mi

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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