Best Trails near Albuquerque, New Mexico

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on Elena Gallegos Cottonwood...
2 days ago

Easy trail, great for an afternoon hike with the dogs!

on Embudito Trail to South S...
7 days ago

the views are beautiful. I have fun every time I hike this trail.

on Pino Trail
9 days ago

hiking

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.

on Tramway Trail
13 days ago

Nice fun hike. Not to crazy just right...

on Domingo Baca Trail #230
15 days ago

hiking

Probably one of my favorite hikes in the Sandias. It is possible to take this trail to connect with La Luz but it is definitely difficult, and the trail is less and less apparent as you ascend the mountain. If you are a local and you haven't taken this trail up, I would say this is a better overall experience than La Luz. Bring your All Trails or a GPS, hiking poles, and good shoes. Also be sure to give yourself plenty of day light. Not a trail you want to be on when it's dark.

on Domingo Baca Trail #230
16 days ago

hiking

All the way to La Luz.
Parked at the base of the Sandia Tram and hiked south to meet the Domingo Baca trail. Easy to find.
Hiked up to TWA Canyon and then continued up to La Luz Trail. Very strenuous and steep. Trail was generally easy to follow until you reach the top. At that point, it's bushwhacking and climbing until you hit La Luz anyway.
Great hike with great views. Had a beer at the top and rode the tram down.
It took us 3.5 hours. I would plan on 4.5 to 5 if you're not moving at a decent pace.
DO NOT start late and risk running out of daylight. You will have to turn back.
Hiking poles highly recommended for the climb to the top.

on Tramway Trail
16 days ago

hiking

on Rinconada Canyon Trail
19 days ago

backpacking

on Paseo del Bosque Trail
19 days ago

mountain biking

easy

on Volcanoes South
19 days ago

hiking

This trail is unpaved and has moderate, short climbs and descents. In the east sides of the volcanoes, you get an awe inspiring view of Albuquerque. On the west sides you get an open prairie view and can see Mt. Taylor. On the north sides you can see all the way to the Jemez Mountain Range. The elevation is well over a mile high and there are few places to get out of the sun.

on Petroglyph National Monum...
22 days ago

It was really neat to see petroglyphs. Super hot for hiking, but the path is flat. Many rabbits and lizards crossed our path.

on The Volcanoes Trail
23 days ago

trail running

Great trail to jog. That third volcano will get ya but it's literally all downhill from there.

on Domingo Baca Trail #230
25 days ago

hiking

Not a bad trail, makes for a very nice hike. Starts out without any shade in the open space, so get there early while it's not too hot. After the first 1.5 miles or so, it's mostly shady, and even on a 95+ degree day, it was quite pleasant in the late morning/early afternoon.

In late July after an extremely dry summer, the trail was pretty easy. Didn't require any bushwhacking, was no problem in shorts. Met a guy on the trail who was going all the way through to La Luz - he was wearing long sleeves, pants, and gloves - but if you're just hiking to the crash site (which we did, and is what I'd recommend) it wasn't any problem in shorts.

Crash site spans a pretty good distance and is quite humbling. Inspecting the wreckage more closely, you get a sense of the overall magnitude of the event.

The trail is pretty easy to follow except for the turnoff from the stream bed. A GPS was quite useful there - if you're going to plug in any waypoints, put in that one. There's one section of the trail shortly past there which is loose sand and rather steep - going up isn't bad, but be careful going down, especially if you don't have good footwear. There's also the rock scramble about a half mile before the crash site, but I didn't find that too bad. One of the shorter members of our group had a bit more trouble.

The last part of the trail gets pretty steep, but it's not as strenuous as La Luz past the rockslide.

Overall a nice hike, would recommend. Probably better in late summer when it's less overgrown - I could see it being more of a pain if the vegetation had filled in more.

on Chimney Canyon Trail
25 days ago

hiking

opted to take this trail down after the la luz. not what i expected. 70 degree on loose rock for about a half mile. literally on butt the whole way. the rest is steep and very hard on legs and knees. took about twice as long as la luz. multiple routes all dead end back to the la luz. it was definitely an adventure and only for those who trust them selves and there scrambling ability.

on Paseo del Bosque Trail
26 days ago

road biking

A great ride in Albuquerque. Start at the parking lot at Alameda Blvd and the river. Ride it to "The End of Albuquerque" and back. The ride is flat but scenic. Boxing Bear Brewing is a half-mile from where you parked -- a nice way to finish the day.

on Pino Trail
30 days ago

hiking

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

on Pino Trail
1 month ago

hiking

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.

on Domingo Baca Trail #230
1 month ago

hiking

Great trail. A little easy to lose the path initially because there are a few that intersect with it along the way however once you clear the foothills its fairly easy to navigate. Not much shade initially. Mildly strenuous but not too difficult. The crash site at the end is a humbling and sad memorial though it is worth seeing. This is a good trainer hike for tougher treks as it is not too long. Just be wary of the Elena Gallegos picnic area as my friend's vehicles were both burglarized while we hiked though mine was spared. Also this picnic area is the same starting point the Pino trail so make sure to allocate enough return time so you don't get locked in. Hours depend on the season.