Cienega Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Actually started at the Cienega Trailhead and went South along the Faulty Trail. Turned and went West up the mountain along the Canconcito Trail which was definitely a good workout up to the South Crest Trail. Hiked North along the South Crest until we met up with the top of the Cienega Trail and headed down back to the trailhead. Overall about 9.4 miles and a great, scenic hike with a great combination of easy to moderate but definitely a kick in the pants heading up AND down.
Trailhead was a bit difficult to find for my first time hiking it. I was fooled by the "Cienega Nature Trail", but quickly realized it and corrected my course. It's apparent that it isn't as heavily trafficked as the west trails (La Luz, Pino, Embudito, etc) but still a fun hike. Leads to intersection of South Crest and Pino trails at the top.