Domingo Baca Trail #230 is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.
This hike starts out in a desert open space environment (no shade) and changes into the lush greenery and streams in the Sandia Mountains. Starting at the Domingo Baca trail, you can continue along this route to the site of the wreckage of a TWA flight which crashed in 1955 high in the mountains.
The first mile is relatively flat, hot and dry. Once the trail heads up into the canyon, the scenery changes for the better. The trail follows a stream most of the way and the forrest provides adequate shade. This is my absolute favorite trail in the Sandias.
Gorgeous hike to a sobering site. Please be respectful.
Definitely glad for the cool weather to do this in. After the second dotted line Domingo Baca Route this starts to get tough, at the crash site it starts to get hard, past it seems impossible and getting to La Luz was an adventure. Use the waypoints on the app to find the crash site, they are accurate. Bring extra protein bars and think about multiple 10-15 min breaks then 5 min burst if you want to complete this to La Luz. The streams provided plenty of water for the dogs throughout.
As for the boulder with the rope near the tram lines - don't get fixated on the rope. I was able to get two 70 pound dogs up and down that spot because I didn't use the rope, instead of grabbing it, I just took my time on the approach to the right, then up over the two large 'steps', one to the right, one to the left of where the rope comes down. I saw people struggling up the rope and other people just climbing around it. Be creative on that part, because eventually that rope will break.
Can't wait to do it again - after my legs recover.
Great hike. Very similar to Pino trail
Not really a good trail unless you are extremely fit. The lower quarter mile or so is very easy and pretty. The middle third is rocky, steep, sandy in places and easy to slip. The top third is very steep, very rocky and very hard to negotiate. About 100 yards from the site, there is a boulder about 15 to 20 feet high that you must scale. Someone left a purple rope hanging down to scale part of the rock. Without the rope, it would be really, really hard to get up. From the boulder to the debris is not far, but extremely rocky and extremely steep. Very, very slow progress. The trail extends past the debris field, but it is simply impossible except for experienced rock climbers and very experienced trail climbers. We turned back after the debris field.
The trail is poorly marked and we got lost twice. This app saved the day and we rejoined the trail after some fairly rigorous hiking.
All in all, it is a great experience, well worth the considerable effort required.
Nice trail. Thought we lost it a couple of time but followed the rocks and orange ties near the end. The wreckage was pretty spread out but worth it to see. Great scenery the last couple of miles also.
Great hike! Took my son who was eight at the time and he loved it.
Probably one of my favorite hikes in the Sandias. It is possible to take this trail to connect with La Luz but it is definitely difficult, and the trail is less and less apparent as you ascend the mountain. If you are a local and you haven't taken this trail up, I would say this is a better overall experience than La Luz. Bring your All Trails or a GPS, hiking poles, and good shoes. Also be sure to give yourself plenty of day light. Not a trail you want to be on when it's dark.
All the way to La Luz.
Parked at the base of the Sandia Tram and hiked south to meet the Domingo Baca trail. Easy to find.
Hiked up to TWA Canyon and then continued up to La Luz Trail. Very strenuous and steep. Trail was generally easy to follow until you reach the top. At that point, it's bushwhacking and climbing until you hit La Luz anyway.
Great hike with great views. Had a beer at the top and rode the tram down.
It took us 3.5 hours. I would plan on 4.5 to 5 if you're not moving at a decent pace.
DO NOT start late and risk running out of daylight. You will have to turn back.
Hiking poles highly recommended for the climb to the top.