Bicycling Magazine Albuquerque, NM: South Foothills 

This 6-mile loop on South Foothills Trail offers year-round access to sweet singletrack right on the edge of Albuquerque.

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Author: _Becky
Date: 29 Dec 2007 11:22:04 AM
Source: AllSport GPS on my phone
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: 5.98 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 531 ft
Total Loss: 531 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Albuquerque, Cedar Crest, New Mexico
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

South Foothills is tucked into the folds of the foothills between Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains. Besides easy access from town, the trail boasts rolling hard-packed trail through cacti and piñon pine and some technical sections through embedded rocks. This route is a well-marked (and well-used) 6-mile stretch, but riders can extend it to 15 or 20 miles by exploring the maze of trails located between the main route. Or, join the North Foothills trails via a short ride through a neighborhood.

From Indian School Road, climb north on Trail 401, then turn right onto Trail 365, a higher, well-marked route that traverses a ridge into the foothills. Continuing on Trail 365, descend to a bridge around mile 0.9, and ride rolling singletrack to a scenic, switchback descent at mile 2.75. At mile 3.6, turn around on a saddle at the southern end of Trail 365 and backtrack north to a spur leading to Trail 401. Rip through winding singletrack that reveals more views of Albuquerque as you make your way back to Indian School Road.

-Mapped by Becky Johnston

TO TRAILHEAD: The ride begins at the parking lot at the end of Indian School Road NE.

Position Format: Datum:

Albuquerque, NM: South Foothills

Distance: 5.98 mi Points: 1048
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Albuquerque, NM: South Foothills

Points of Interest


Location: 35.099270, -106.480131
The ride starts from the parking lot at the end of Indian School Road NE. Head north to begin the clockwise loop.


Location: 35.101410, -106.480377
Bear right at trail fork. The trail on the left leads to the Menaul Boulevard parking lot.


Location: 35.102997, -106.480152
Turn right and head east on Trail 365.


Location: 35.102854, -106.479886
Bear left at the Y-junction.


Location: 35.100407, -106.475191
Continue straight at 4-way to reconnect with the trail.


Location: 35.097418, -106.472307
Bear right at Y-junction.


Location: 35.094369, -106.473511
Cross the wide trail and reconnect with the singletrack heading west.


Location: 35.094125, -106.474785
Turn right at T-junction.


Location: 35.094211, -106.474868
Turn left onto singletrack.


Location: 35.092008, -106.476381
Bear left at trail fork.


Location: 35.087561, -106.474585
Turn right and ride south.


Location: 35.083664, -106.477607
Continue south on Trail 365 for a tk-mile out-and-back. On the return trip, turn left (west) on Trail 401.


Location: 35.078887, -106.479740
Continue straight. The trail to the west leads to the Copper Avenue trailhead and parking lot.


Location: 35.073601, -106.481282
Bear right at the Y-junction for a small loop. Next, backtrack to Waypoint 11 and turn left.


Location: 35.089249, -106.479219
Go straight at the 4-way intersection to stay on Trail 401.

Menaul Boulevard Parking Lot

Location: 35.105050, -106.488558
You can access the foothills trails from Menaul Boulevard parking lot.

Copper Avenue Parking Lot

Location: 35.079219, -106.484508
The Copper Avenue parking lot is an alternate start point. South Foothills Trail is accessible from trailhead parking area as well.

Trail 365

Location: 35.103005, -106.480007

Climb on Trail 365

Location: 35.100894, -106.477481
Trail 365 rewards cyclists with views of Albuquerque and a long, fast downhill.

Turnaround Point

Location: 35.072974, -106.482284
From the saddle at the south end of the trail system, you can take a technical trail to climb up and around the knob.

Trail to the Knob

Location: 35.072912, -106.482445
The trail up to the "knob" requires technical skill in order to ride the whole section.


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