Tunnel Canyon Trail

EASY 42 reviews
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Tunnel Canyon Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tijeras, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I would have given this trail 5 stars but it was really filthy this time! Dog poop and trash everywhere! Really sad. This used to be one of my favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Did the entire 4.8 loop with the Shep. The first half is straight up. Not fun. Not sure I'd do this one again.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

This review is to help trail runners.
First, the pros:
I've never met but a few people on this trail, even on weekends. This includes bikes.
The trails are well marked, so if you want to stick to the loop, you won't have issues.
The scenery is pretty, and you'll get a few really nice views.
The elevation is steady...no real tests if you're an ultra runner or training for races, etc. So it's good for a leisurely 5 mile run.
Cons:
It's extremely rocky and very loose. You can and will twist your ankle on this course. Because of this, you can't really look ahead of you more than a few feet or else you're going to eat it. This is the main reason why I won't run this trail again...you can injure yourself VERY easily. It is NOT smooth.
Birdhouse Ridge veers off to the right almost immediately at the trail head. I suggest going that way first as you'll go up hill for appr. 2.4 miles before turning left on the cut off to meet up with Tunnel Canyon. I believe the cut off is called "West Ridge"...but I"M NOT POSITIVE. It's about .3 miles to Tunnel Canyon Trail. Turn left to go back toward the trail head.
Tunnel Canyon is a flatter trail and descends quickly (assuming you started at Birdhouse). It's pretty fast, although it still has loose rocks. But not as bad as Birdhouse.

This trail is great to try, and is enjoyable...just beware that it is an ankle twister! I don't recommend it for running.
(Just as reference as to "fit level", I regularly run La Luz for training...so Tunnel Canyon isn't challenging).

5 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

little over 2 hrs. mostly covered, with some good overlooking views

7 months ago

8 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Really nice hike. 5.0 mile loop. Only saw two bikers. No glass on trail, a little rocky. Recommend going counter clockwise. Hill first, downhill on the way back.