The Northeast Loop is a mellow ride that starts and ends at the UNM observatory parking lot. The is a little climbing going up the NE heights. This ride takes in a lot of city streets so there are a lot of turns and stop signs.
Since this is a loop it can end and start anywhere on the loop.
Getting There: The UNM Observatory is north of Lomas at Yale and Tucker. It is the dirt parking lot at the top of the hill.
Distance: 38 Miles.
Northeast Loop Route
Northeast Loop Cuesheet // 38 Miles
Mileage Waypoint Leg Description
UNM observatory parking lot. Ride east on Tucker two blocks to Stanford.
Stanford Turn left (north) on Stanford for 2 blocks to Constitution.
Constitution Turn right (east) on Constitution to Indian School (cross I-40 at Pennsylvania).
Indian School (near Tramway) Turn right (east) to Tramway Blvd. Cross Tramway Blvd. on the overpass.
Tramway Blvd Turn left (north) along Tramway Blvd., then east passing under I-25 to Second Street. This is a great downhill stretch on the west bound section. Tramway is open and has good shoulders the whole way.
Be careful passing in front of the Sandia Casino, don't get run over by a drunk gambler turning right into the Sandia Casino.
Second Street Turn left (south) on Second Street, watch traffic here, to Ortega.
Ortega Turn right, on Ortega west to Rio Grande.
Rio Grande South on Rio Grande to Paseo del Nordeste bike trail just south of Paseo del Norte overepass.
Paseo Bikepath Turn right (west) on the Paseo bike path to the Riverside bikepath.
Riverside (Bosque) Bikepath Turn left (south) along the Riverside bike trail to Marquez, south of the zoo.
Marquez Turn left onto Marquez for 2 blocks to Barelas.
Barelas Left on Barelas (north) to Cromwell, the first right. to Take Barelas downtown and MLK Blvd. to UNM.
Cromwell Right (east) on Cromwell three blocks to 2nd Street. This has some traffic.
2nd Street Turn left (north) on 2nd Street downtown to Martin Luther King. 2nd Street has moderate traffic. MLK west is one way west so this is the west most point to intersect.
MLK Turn right (east) on MLK, pass under I-25, climb, take the 1st or 2nd left past I-25 (depending on traffic), this is Mulberry or Cedar. There may be west bound cars stopped at I-25 with all the construction going on.
Mulberry or Cedar Turn left (north) one block to Roma.
Roma Right (east) on Roma, cross University to Yale.
Yale Turn left (north) on Yale, cross Lomas, climb the hill to the UNM Observatory.