Pino Trail

HARD 55 reviews

Pino Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, NM 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.

8.9 miles 2893 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

14 days ago

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.

trail running
17 days ago

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.

1 month ago

always a great hike...views, birds, flowers, nice hikers.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult at the end.. Get plenty of water and snacks with you.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing!

4 months ago

Beautiful!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

It was a great afternoon hike. The views were fantastic and the trail was easy to follow...

hiking
6 months ago

Pleasant

hiking
6 months ago

Trails were really well kept. Incline wasn't too intense, but definitely got me working. Alos had great views. My only complaint was that the trail ended and split into other trails when I was expecting a clearing. Overall one of my favorite trails in ABQ.

hiking
6 months ago

nice and steady uphill, 3 hours from the parking lot to end of trail. well maintained, beautiful views.

7 months ago

Nice Hike! a great ttailt o hit up if you are looking for something close and convenient in the city. Their was plenty of ups and downs to get the most out of this hike and great scenery. if you are looking for a dog friendly trail I would highly suggest this one.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail a ton of down trees just be aware as your walking some are low over the trail. Awesome views and very steep grade great workout!

hiking
7 months ago

Tough. A lot of uphill. Very rewarding. :D

hiking
7 months ago

Completed fall 2015. Nice hike to the crest.