West Ridge

Total Miles


2,240.90 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

West Ridge is a 2.6-mile single track in the Manzanita Mountain Trail System near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The south end starts at the intersection with Otero Canyon and heads north. It starts on the south end by climbing up a few easy switchbacks. The switchbacks themselves aren't hard, but there are lots of rock obstacles between the hairpin turns that are more difficult. These are moderate rock ledge obstacles, and they are slightly more difficult because they are on a diagonal across the trail; a blunt face with no ramp; or the best line is really close to a tree. This trail is really closely lined with trees that sometimes you have to duck for, especially on some of the corners. It goes through lots of little ledges, gaining 320 feet in elevation to get on top of the mesa. Next, it drops down the other side of the mesa with more switchbacks, losing that same 320 feet in elevation. There are some really big rock ledge drop-offs after the intersection with Birdhouse, but they are all ramped, so they aren't too difficult even though they look really big. This trail ends at the intersection with Tunnel, which you can take back out to the Otero or Tunnel Trailheads off of Highway 337.

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West Ridge
West Ridge


This is an intermediate trail that is pretty rocky the whole time and has several big rock ledge obstacles of moderate 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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