Faulty Trail 95

Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area, New Mexico

Elevation Gain2,086ft
Trailhead Elevation7,548ft
Elevation Min/Max6993/7696ft
Elevation Start/End7548/7542ft

Faulty Trail 95

Faulty Trail (95) is a hiking and horse trail in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. It is within Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 7,548 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,086 feet. This trail connects with the following: Upper Faulty Loop (195A), Bart's Trail (225), South Crest Trail (130) and Faulty Trail (195).

Faulty Trail (95) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Once again you will be riding through gorgeous alpine forests of pine, spruce, and aspen. This is another great moderate trail with some really nice singletrack riding, perfect for someone wanting to get comfortable riding off road.

The singletrack of the Faulty Trail and other trails outside the wilderness area on the back side of nearby Sandia Mountain are some of the best in the Albuquerque area.

The Faulty Trail follows the contour of the hillside for about 3 miles before intersecting Barts Trail, which will take you down to FR 299, the road to the Cole Springs Picnic Area where you left your car. It is about a third of a mile back to the campground from where the trail hits the road. If you miss the left-hand turn at Barts Trail, you will know when the trail starts heading uphill. At this point you will be entering the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area, which is off limits to mountain bikes."

"Located in the eastern slope of the Sandias off the Crest Highway; about 30 miles northeast of Albuquerque. This ride offers incredible views, crosses several intermittent streams, and travels through beautiful alpine forest, but you must be up for the challenge. The sections of good singletrack come at a high price. Much of the trail is expert only (or walk it!). Faulty Trail must be reached by other trails, which is part of the adventure. Canoncito Trail goes straight up a ridge following a stream to its source before reaching Faulty Trail, but you may find the travertine pools are worth the time off the bike.

Faulty Trail traverses East Mountain about midway up along a geological fault line, hence the trail's official name. No one is sure who cleared this trail in 1975, so it was once called Mystery Trail. The mysterious ones slashed diamond shapes on the trees to mark it, so some bikers still call it Diamond Trail. Note: While this loop takes you out Bill Spring Trail to Doc Long Picnic Area, an extension, Oso Corredor Trail, at mile 4.8, connects you to 10K-Tree Spring Loop and rails at the Sandia Ski Area. 6 miles on singletrack, 1.2 miles on dirt road, and 5.6 miles on pavement."

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Trail Information

Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area
Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger Station, 505-281-3304.
Local Contacts
USGS Sandia Creek, Sandia Peak, Tijeras; and the national forest map of Sandia Ranger District
Local Maps