Three Gun Spring Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Up and down from Tijeras Canyon - going down into Albuquerque, from Albuquerque city parking- it's mostly up. It's basically a granite trail with fine granite gravel. It can be slippery others say to use poles-but good gripping shoes are better.
Great starting point in Tijeras Canyon to climb South Sandia Peak. Make sure you start early in the day as the beginning of this trail does not have much shade. Once you go over Post Pass, you drop down into some very nice (and cool) canyons before climbing up to Oso Pass. From Oso Pass, it is a very steep climb up to South Sandia Peak. The views along this hike are very nice. Instead of retracing your steps, you can hike down the south crest trail to the Canyon Estates trail head parking lot. When I did my trip I was dropped off at the Three Gun Spring trail head and picked up at the Canyon Estates. Take lots of water with you.
eh, there is no real turn around point so you have to hike the same route up and back. if youre looking for a good workout, this is a good trail because its a steady climb the entire way up. its about a 1700 foot incline from the starting point to the first 3 miles, which is where i turned around at.
This trail is great In the early spring and late fall. It has a fairly dry ascent until right before the match up with Embudito. From there it is in the pines and will be shaded and to a degree sheltered from winds. It is a wonderful start to a crossover to Oso Pass and Embudo or even a long out and back to the south peak. Either way there is a ton of fun to be had in the south Sandias.