2 miles
560 ft
-89 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Ellis Trail

Ellis Details

  • Riding Area
    Sandia Peak Ski & Tram
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Ellis Trail links the 10K Trail back to the Ellis trailhead at the Sandia Crest Road. It is a bi-directional, multi-use trail but typically is lightly trafficked by hikers. The trail climbs consistently from north to south in a punchy, stair step manner, and typically inhabits a clearing along its length. It is doubtful anyone’s favorite trail, as it is a strenuous unrewarding climb and a straightforward and uneventful descent. It is an effective (and the only) non-wilderness connector trail from 10K back to other system trails.

Access Info

Multiple Trailheads, all official parking areas are paid ($3) but there are several pullouts along the road where one can avoid paying.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ellis bike trail
  • Altitude change
    471 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,805 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,276 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,805 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,276 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2,263 ft
  • Distance flat
    851 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to ellis trailhead (35.234150, -106.447140)
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