South Crest La Luz Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Easy forest hike above 10k feet. From the trailhead head south along the paved trail to the right of the restrooms. A few hundred yards along the trail the pavement will turn to dirt. There is an intermittant rail, always stay to the left of the rail. At 0.25 miles the trail will turn sharply left and ascend a stairway. Take the stairs to the top. At the top turn hard right and look for the fork in the trail. Take the right fork to Crest Trail #130. The trail will switchback through the forest most of the rest of the hike. At 0.55 miles the trail forks. Follow the left fork for Crest Trail #130. At 1.6 miles reach the Sandia Tram Platform. Return via Reverse Route.
Fantastic views of the crest! The snow made it feel and look like a winter wonderland. It was very cold that day so make sure to wear layers if you are going in the winter.
excellent and well worth it saw 3 mule deer great views from the crest.
beautiful hike. hard to follow the exact trail, some signs had trail names, some numbers. We ended up hiking almost 5 miles. gorgeous area, great views, tons of wildflowers, Aspen trees, different mosses and lichens. Bathrooms and trash at trailheads and at halfway point at High Finance restaurant. Bathrooms are in the lower level, you do not have to enter the restaurant or make a purchase to use them.
Great hike on a Sunday! We started from the top of the tram and dropped down the La Luz trail. The up to Sandia Crest and back to the Hi Finance for lunch!
Nice easy trail
Great trail with great views
Nice trail. Good views.
Great day, well groomed trails
I went with a couple of friends after work today. Still some snow on the trail in places, which can make it kind of slick. We had a great time. I think if I hike that trail again I will go backwards and knock out the La Luz portion of the loop first.
I loved it. It was the perfect time to go. The trees were changing colors. 10/17/2015
Fun family trail. We did it when mom and dad lived in Pako, behind Sandia mtn.