faulty trail - Trail, Albuquerque, Mexico

faulty trail - Trail, Albuquerque, Mexico

DESCRIPTION

this trail has just great technical singletrack! The trail climbs north from parking area With very steep sections At spring creek fork in the trail keep climbing & hook up with the 10k trail & you can downhill to sandia ski area & ride the road back

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 23, 2013]
Skelldify
Cross Country Rider

This trail deserves and update. It is awesome! I like to ride up Bill Spring Trail, South on Faulty, and back NE on Armijo.

Bill Spring is a gradual creekbed climb that gets brutally steep and pretty techy right at the top.

Faulty starts with a lot of steep techy ups, and less steep, fast somewhat techy downs. Towards the 2nd 1/2 (past the intersection with Cienega trail) it tends a bit more towards mostly dh. Approx. 1/3 up, 2/3 down. GREAT RIDE!

Armijo is Fast, Ripping downhill. Although today when I rode it, the trail was all pounded up from horses. Bummer.

Customer Service

Up Bill Spring, Across Faulty, Down Armijo for approx. 8 miles.

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It might be interesting to make a figure-8 by climbing the Cienega Horse Bypass Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 02, 2003]
chris
Weekend Warrior

I totally loved it! I was really suprized how great the riding was. Alot of the hiking I have done on Sandia is on pretty smooth trails, and was worried that the trail would be too tame to mountain bike on. NOT Loved the sweet rock stair section down into some canyon, and then on the other side getting out it was nothing but rock gardens for awhile that were really challenging. had to bike a hike and re-start alot, but it was fun. Plus the downhill runs after that section were really sweet.

Customer Service

I went up the cei-something horse bypass, to faulty then over and down amijio?? and then back up the horse bypass to my car. Loved the ride. Can't wait to explore more of these trials before the snow hits. Gonna get some snowshoe's so I can be really familiar with this trail system come next spring...and the downhill on Amirijlio?? whatever it is called, was a kick, lots of natural burms, and some good kickers

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Cedro, tunnel canyon, otero, and the trail systems on the back side of otero?? something with an M? there is really alot of trails back there that aren't on any mountain biking maps I have seen? ended up way back up at the town of ponderosa pine one time...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 10, 2003]
Ethanbro
Cross Country Rider

Wow, what a workout! My bro and I did the trail backwards, from N to S along the fault line (Faulty Trail). We parked at the Church just across 14 from FS 299 (Canoncito) and rode up 14 to 536 to Sulfer Canyon. Take this picnic grounds parking lot all the way to the top and the trail can be picked up there. Going this direction you have more climbing, but it's nice to get all the climbing out of the way in the beginning. Lots of rock gardens, and some steep downhill sections that are a blast (if you know how to pick a line!) Be prepared to hike-a-bike at times, as in some of the steep sections it's sometimes hard to maintain momentum and keep spinning. Very worthy trail, it's super beautiful, nice rocky challenge, and the climbs will humble you a bit. Going N to S, finding the trail that leads you back down to 299 (cole springs campground) is not too hard, just watch for the signs. ~E

Customer Service

see above

Similar Products Used:

10k, Ellis loop, Oso, King of the Mountain, Watermelon, (the whole east mountain area is killer!)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 30, 1999]
mark b

this trail rips & is not for the weak! It passes a beautiful spring & their are extreme off camber sections

Customer Service

I like to start from the post office and ride the road up to the trail as this is a nice warmup. From there start climbing untill you reach the stream. Its a steep singletrack climb right next to the sream but its cleanable after that its ROCKIN singletrack with short steep rolling sections. Some parts very rocky & technical but so much fun! Most riders seem to make this an out&back ride when they reach the y in the trail. From there you can continue climbing untill you reach the 10k trail. That will take you over to sandia peak ski area where you can downhill to the base & ride the road back to your transportation.

Similar Products Used:

cedro area, otero canyon,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 02, 1999]
Dale

Almost eveyone rates this as intermediate riding. All the intermediate riders I see up there are walkin' their bikes uphill or shuttling past the climb to cheat the uphill. This is an advanced to expert ride IF you ride it all. There are numerous portions with scree slides that will challenge even the most technically inclined.

Customer Service

Park at Bella Vista ride road north to canoncito road, ride up canoncito road to trailhead; faulty, oso correodor, tree spring, 10K, ski area then to the top at 10,400'. Turn around and bomb back the way you came.

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This is not a smack to any other review here, but why ride uphill on dirt to ride downhill on pavement, then climb pavement back to the post office??

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 08, 1999]
scott

trail is very rough in places

Customer Service

from the top down

Similar Products Used:

10K and the climb up sandia ski area and osa corrridor trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 21, 1999]
Tombo

First ride was a shuttle: (to give us flatlanders a change to acclimate to the altitude)

Started on the 10K trail, trailhead off paved road to top of mountain. Did 10K to Oso to Faulty to Cole (?) Springs Campground to pick up other vehicle. Surprisingly technical and rocky: On the upper sections you can get into trouble fast as some parts of the trail allow you to pick up a lot of speed then suddenly turn into rock fields. If you don't know the trail be wary of this. On the lower section of this ride the trail gets somewhat less technical, but is still challenging enough to be interesting. Not totally downhill - Although a net down, the Faulty Trail and Oso had some short steep switch-baking climbs. There's a sign that says the road to Cole(?) springs campground is not recomended for cars. Believe it!

Second ride (shortish loop): Started at Kokopelli Bakery on RT 14 (Huge freakin brownies) Rode on highway (mostly down hill to start of ski area climb) Turned in at campgroud and got on Falulty trail. Good semi-techcical-interesting singletrack. Real good stuff. Check out the Bakery afterwards.

Customer Service

Rode area twice: Once as a shuttle, the other starting on highway 14 for a shortish loop.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 23, 2001]
Buzz

A Ranger told us the start was at sulpher springs so we started there ( he was wrong). But went on and made a few wrong turns but made it. Mixed climb with rock beds and rock climbs then smooth (Typical of local good/great rides). Great downhill. The trail we followed is marked as following: Faulty then turn on Oso Corredor Trail then left on to Tree springs, after that 10K Trail at the wilderness line. Continue on to the 10K. Tough and scenic. Once you hit the TreeSprings trail, there was a lot of hikers until the 10K trail. Be patient with them, some still lack understanding the definition of "sharing the trail". I found this to be one of the best challenges around NM.I feel this is for the more advanced and for ones used to the high altitude.

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Cedro to tower(great but is getting rougher and rougher due to Motorized use).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 10, 2001]
Dr. Rearrango

Use "Dan's Cutoff" Recently the road to the Canoncito, Cole Springs, & Bart's Trail area of the Sandia Wilderness has been blocked with a new private road gate. Find the beginning of the cutoff at the NW corner of the Canoncito Cemetery.

I always forget how awesome this ride is! This is the route to go it you like a little bit more climbing, because you're doing it opposite of most riders. Faulty has everything from buff single cruising to rock hike-a-bikes- all with lots of elevation gain. This is one of the more demanding trails in the Sandias. It is getting worn down with more downhill bike traffic each year.

The limestone rock gardens are plentiful and challenging either when going up or down. This is just a beautiful trail. Be sure you can handle technical rock riding before riding this trail. Bring food, water and tools as it is quite a hump back to the road from several sections of the trail.

Four stars for being challenging single track with plenty of elevation gain.

Customer Service

Look for the new Dan's Cutoff in the Canoncito Cemetary. Up Faulty to Oso Corredor to Tree Springs and then up to 10k to Ski area. Follow the Faulty Trail signs.

Similar Products Used:

Doc Long to Oso Corredor. Otero, Cedro.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 29, 2003]
mark

Found the trail w/difficulty at the edge of the cemetary...no tresspassing signs ALL OVER. Very steep and rocky for the first segment...came to a service road and was unable to find where trail continued

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RATING
2
VALUE
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