Three Bottles

Total Miles
2.8

Elevation

2,344.24 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

9

Difficult

Best Time

Winter, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

Three Bottles is the hardest trail in the Manzanita Mountain Trail System near Albuquerque, New Mexico. This trail is best for running south to north, as it goes through several huge rock problems that are marked as directional in the south-to-north direction. The main trail is made up of lots of moderate rocky ledges, but it comes up to several splits for easy and difficult sections of trail where advanced riders can go down some really steep rock slab drop-off obstacles. The easy direction is still about a 5 difficulty, while the difficult obstacles are very extreme, up to a 9 difficulty. The extremely difficult sections are 4 to 5-foot huge drops with ramps like downhill mountain biking drop-offs. One of the obstacles is a rock pinch. They are all optional obstacles. Someone could ride all the easy splits without having to attempt any of the difficult splits. The trail starts off from both the north and south ends with easy sections of trail before approaching these splits. The south end has a big warning sign about the technical requirements of this trail. If riding north to south, you'll see the Do Not Enter signs for all the difficult obstacles, but you can take the easy split to get back to the beginning of each difficult obstacle. This is kind of a play area because you can loop back around on each obstacle and keep practicing and making laps. There is also a bail-out near the middle of the trail to connect to 106 Road.

Difficulty

This is an advanced single track with a series of extreme obstacles. There is an easy way around every obstacle, as the trail splits for easy and difficult at each obstacle.

Technical Rating

9

Status Reports

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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's enough trails for 2-3 days of riding, and is 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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