1,394 ft
13 ft
-227 ft
Avg time
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Powerline Details

  • Riding area
    Sandia Foothills - South
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking

Powerline (or as it is known on Strava, Knobbies no More) is a short, steep technical trail typified a number of drops and steep rock roll moves, as well as a couple tight pinch moments between rocks. This is probably the most popular technical trail in the South Foothills.
From the top at the Three Sisters intersection head south from the ridgeline. At first the trail is a wide series of steps over large wooden water bars, the last couple are roughly 3' drops in quick succession. As soon as the last drop ends look for a left that heads straight down into a gully and quickly pops up the other side. After a couple quick pedal strokes the trail begins dropping very steeply down granite rock faces. There are a couple line choices to be made here, but straight and fast is easier than carefully picking your way down the sides.
An awkward rock pinch move leads to a couple smaller drops and another optional rock roll before stair stepping down and intersecting 365.
Be aware of the occasional lost hiker walking up the trail, given how steep the trail is there aren't often hikers, but its best to be aware of the possibility.

Access Info

Multiple Trailheads access the entire Foothills Trail system.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Powerline mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -214 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,278 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,493 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,493 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,278 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    162 ft
  • Distance down
    1,232 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to powerline-84130 trailhead (35.092081, -106.472615)
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