Around 2006, I drove to Embudo canyon late at night and slept in an arroyo because I was real depressed. The next morning I decided to walk up the trail to the top of the mountain. At the top, I got on this other trail I encountered, and it ended up going way southeast. By the time I got to the bottom, it was dark and I was in Tijeres. The only person I could reach to pick me up was my ex girlfriend. I didn't eat anything all day. She took me to Jack In The Box and I ate a ton of gross food. Ha.
Apart from the Piedra Lisa trail, this is my most favorite trail on the westside of the Sandias. mainly because of the scenery and lack of 15,000 hikers like La Luz and other westside trails like embudo that is nearby.
it is a rugged trail that requires scrambling in places.
The trail is worn down nicely but it's definitely a difficult hike. I'm reasonably in shape but the trail is very steep. After you get off the main trail and into the mountains, you end up having to climb over boulders a lot. We didn't go all the way, we turned around and it ended up being 2 hours round trip.
To get to the trailhead, take Montgomery east past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. After the stop sign, turn right on Trailhead Rd. The trail up the wash is a nice, short hike to the spring, but they have closed it due to too much traffic. The Embudito trail (#192) goes further north, along the south side of the ridge there. I found a large rock at the top of one of the hills there that looked like bats lived there in the summer; going to check it out later on in the season.
Don't miss the left turn near the beginning of the trail marked with a very small sign. Otherwise you will hike up the draw, which is lots of fun scrambling up the rocks, but is slow and exhausting. Because of this we didn't make it to the crest and settled for the nice views at some outcrops about half way up.