Pino Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Views of the Sandias, pine forest, goes to Crest Trail. This is a nice hike in the Sandias that can take you to the Crest Trail. If you want, you can continue on the Crest trail to the Tramway and take the easy way down the mountain. The trail is in good condition but there are some steep parts. Also there is a lot of shade which is much appreciated when the NM sun is out in full force. There are a few springs but you can't depend on them to be there in the dry months. You can expect to get some great views of the Sandias on the way up.
This is my all time favorite place to hike!! It is difficult, and you will need to prepare to go all the way to the top. make sure to bring water and some snacks if you plan on going all the way to the top. Going downhill is pretty steep, but as long as you watch your footing it's worth the trip!!! You have to pay $1 weekdays, $2 weekends, and $26 for a monthly pass, to enter this trail.
It's tougher than La Luz and not as pleasant, but a nice occasional alternative when hiking to or from the tram. The pine beetle damage along a third of the trail has allowed the underbrush to flourish making a few moments feel almost tropical during summer. Hiking from Elena Gallegos to the Crest and then down La Luz - 17mi (and then back through the foothills if you're crazy- 23mi) is an excellent prep for more serious hikes!
Seems longer than what is listed, came out at 11+ with parking lot in and out. Considering the snow and ice at this point going forward I'd recommend crampons or something similar. The top was anti-climatic but views going up are amazing. Park staff is great!
Great hike up to the Crest Trail. Trail is very well marker. Quite challenging and steep towards the end but great views and changing landscapes along the way.
One of the best trails in the Albuquerque area as it offers a variety of terrain and views. I think it is more difficult than La Luz as there aren't as many switchbacks to moderate the grade of the ascent. I've seen bear, deer, hawks, turkey and even a mountain lion on or near the trail. Depending on when you go, it may be entirely covered in snow or heavily vegetated with wild flowers, hip high grass and running water crossing the trail in several spots mid way up. According to my running app, it's 9.4 miles round trip from the Elena Gallegos parking lot with a starting elevation of 6,432 feet and 9,314 feet at the top, a gain of 2,882 feet in 4.7 miles. When you get to the top, go south twenty feet and look for a faint trail heading back west. Follow that westward for an overlook with a nice city view of the canyon from whence you came and a view north to the tram and the northern part of the Sandias.
always a great hike...views, birds, flowers, nice hikers.
This trail is definitely longer than the app projects. We did a little over 12 miles/6 hours (9:30-3-30). We stayed on track and there were many ppl along the trail. It starts off pretty easy but the terrain and elevation soon catch up to you to make this a challenging trail. This was my first hike completed and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Hopefully the rest are easier since I've completed this massive trek.
Beautiful! Best to start by 8am during busy seasons to ensure parking and also enjoy the cool morning as the sun peaks over the Sandias.
We hiked this trail to Southcrest and then to Sandia Peak. The climb was nice and gradual and there was plenty of shade (we started at 9 AM). We took the tram back down which offered great views and also saved our knees.
Difficult at the end.. Get plenty of water and snacks with you.
This trail provided no shade. It was very hot and a rather steep incline the entire way. It was very challenging for this reason as well as the fact that once you got to the top there was a rocky area and two other trails to continue on to; there was zero pay off for having completed such a difficult trail in the hot Albuquerque heat. I enjoyed La Luz much better.