Total Miles


2,321.77 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

Deadman is an easy/moderate single track in the Manzanita Mountain trail system near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The northern half of the trail is a fast ripper; it's smooth with no rocks. The trees aren't so closely lining the trail here, and there are big straight sections, so you can get going fast. It goes underneath tall pine trees in a more wooded section, compared to the northern part of this trail system which is more desert. It's super easy until it meets up with Southern Crossing and rounds the corner. Then it steadily climbs up and there's an 8th mile section of pretty big rocks. There are 4 to 5 one-foot-high ledges that you have to work your way around. These ledges are near the intersection with the Oak Flat Connector.

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Most of the trail is a 2 difficulty except for one rock section towards Oak Flat Connector that is made up of several rock ledges of a 4 difficulty.

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Access Description

The Manzanita Mountain Trail System is a very well-maintained multi-use area popular for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and dirt bikes. There are 40+ trails ranging from a mile to 5 miles long of varying difficulties between easy and advanced in a Chihuahuan desert terrain in the Cibola National Forest. There are enough trails for 2-3 days of riding, and it's best in fall and spring when it's not too hot. Be aware of oncoming traffic since there are lots of tight turns and it can be busy. There are several staging areas from the north off of Chamiso Canyon Road, as well as the Tunnel and Pine Flat Trailheads along State Road 337, and from the south at the Oak Flat Trailhead.

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