South Sandia Peak via Barts Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar Crest, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Tried to get up south peak from Bart's trail,... Once on Cole's road, the road was blocked by what looked like a disgruntled resident, so as opposed to 'trespassing,' I drove back down to the south crest trailhead just off exit 175 in Tijeras. The first five miles were lovely just after sunrise around 6 am. Mile 5.25 revealed a very overgrown trail. The alltrails app shows this hike as a 5.5 mile RT hike, which may be true if you do just the loop with the upper faulty trail, however, if you plan to ascend the summit from this side, the hike becomes significantly longer. I unfortunately went north at the embudito trail turn off,... I realized my mistake that I was continuing on the south crest trail but wanted to ascend the South Peak. I turned back after a half mile and then headed northwest along the embudito trail. This is where it gets a little tricky. About .3 miles or so, the trail has an immediate take off to the north and this entrance is overgrown. I suggest pulling up your alltrails app and clicking 'record,'... this will show you on gps your exact location in relation to this take off so as to not get lost. You need to use the trail entitled South Sandia Peak via Bart's trail however to see this route to South Peak. Once atop, the views are wonderful and worth all the effort. My RT with my excursion to the north along the south crest trail put me at about 14.5 miles with about a mile of that in excess as I missed the turn off. The elevation gain was 3400 feet and top elevation was 9785 ft. I used a garmin 235 which utilizes both gps and glonas systems to coordinate location. Anyway, enjoy and happy trails! Pictures posted on South Crest Trail via Tijeras as a separate trail on alltrails.
great views awesome workout
The directions link from AllTrails to Google maps actually shows the trailhead at 3 Gun Springs which eventually connects to the South Crest Trail. You can purchase a Dharma map of the mountains at the local REI store in Albuquerque. the hike to the summit is gorgeous. This trail is challenging. Take LOTS of water. You probably will not be able to find a source of water on the mountain.
Challenging but beautiful hike that starts at the Embudito TH, climbs to Oso Pass and then on to South Peak. The views from the top are spectacular! Oso Pass is a great place to rest and enjoy nature, shaded, amongst pines. The section of trail around the TH is in the open and gets really hot in the afternoon.
This is an incredible trail. It is not for individuals who are looking to play in the sand and rest under the sun. This is a more demanding trail that will take you deep into the dark places of the Sandia Mountains. This trail is suitable for barefoot hiking once you cross into the higher altitudes. I have seen bears and mountain lions on this trail . . . oh my!