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Foothills FA 50K



31.4 mile 50.6 kilometer loop
93% Runnable


Ascent: 3,594' 1,095 m
Descent: -3,592' -1,095 m
High: 6,731' 2,052 m
Low: 5,721' 1,744 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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The Fat Ass January 1 totally free and wonderful 50K, with options for a 10K and heavy half marathon!

Gail Leedy

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Running on January 1 is a tradition. Come out and run this free course. You can run a 10K, a heavy half marathon or the full 50K. The start and finish is in a neighborhood off of Tramway and Comanche. There is some road running involved, but the bulk of this fun course is on singletrack trails. This mash up of trails lets you see the best of the Sandia foothills.


This run starts in the neighborhood south of the foothills. We run through some crazy cool trails and pop out on the Upper Foothills Trail 365 north of Menual. We'll stick with 365/401 to Indian School parking area. If you are only up for a 10k run, you can turn around here.

If you're up for a longer adventure, stick with 401 south all the way to Hill Dale Loop and then take 365 into the basin turning back just above the Missile Yucca. If the heavy half marathon is your choice for the day, head back on 365 to Indian School parking lot, and follow 365/401 to Comanche and then back to the neighborhood start.

The 50K route leaves the trail at Comanche and follows Camino de la Sierra and Glenwood Hills Drive to the Embudito Trailhead. Here you leave the road and run once again on 365. Take that to 305, 342 and 341, turning south on 230 and once again joining 365.

Stick with 365 all the way to the Tram Station (and a bathroom and water); turn around and take 365 back to Embudito Trail #192, to the streets, and back to the start.

Flora & Fauna

In the winter, you may see deer, coyote, and rabbits. In the summer, rattlesnakes are a distinct possibility.

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Dec 29, 2019
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A first look at the beginning of the Embudo Canyon trail!
May 9, 2019 near Carnuel, NM
Albuquerque is beautiful...  from the EG Trail 305
May 13, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
This narrow section of the Lower Foothills Trail 365 wraps around the hillside overlooking the city.
Jun 7, 2017 near Carnuel, NM
A wooden bridge over an arroyo on the Lower Foothills Trail 365.
Jun 7, 2017 near Carnuel, NM
There are some intimidating features at the end of the Embudo Trail, but they're conquerable.
Mar 1, 2016 near Carnuel, NM


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