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If you're from a lower elevation and have good knees, I recommend cheating the tram up and taking the long beautiful walk down to your car; La Luz is way more rugged than it is steep. If you desire to climb, start from the tram parking lot (La Luz parking fills quickly plus the direct tram ride back to your car is nice after a long day). Turn around if you're worn out and hurting by the time you step foot on La Luz after the foothills trek.

Gorgeous hike to a sobering site. Please be respectful.

The unpaved Bosque is shaded single track heaven in NM! Mountain bikers barely care about this place thanks to the Foothills. Rewarding place to ride if you can live with zero elevation gain on your Strava app!

It's tougher than La Luz and not as pleasant, but a nice occasional alternative when hiking to or from the tram. The pine beetle damage along a third of the trail has allowed the underbrush to flourish making a few moments feel almost tropical during summer. Hiking from Elena Gallegos to the Crest and then down La Luz - 17mi (and then back through the foothills if you're crazy- 23mi) is an excellent prep for more serious hikes!

Seems longer than what is listed, came out at 11+ with parking lot in and out. Considering the snow and ice at this point going forward I'd recommend crampons or something similar. The top was anti-climatic but views going up are amazing. Park staff is great!

Easy access and beautiful views.

1 day ago

What a lovely hiking spot! Much nicer than the sites that charge $20 a person! Great panoramic views!! A beautiful spot!!

it was beautiful, the fog made it extra majestic!

2 days ago

absolutely delightful!!

Good trail for beginners and families !!!

There seems to be some confusion here....The Embudo trail starts at the top of Indian School (or the top of Menaul if you want to go an extra 1/2 mile or so) and the Embudito Trail begins north of the top of Montgomery.

Great trail! Easily marked and plenty of options to make the hike harder or easier if you need. Awesome views. I would hike here regularly if I lived nearby!

8 days ago

Great work out! We came up Embudo trail and then took the white wash trail on the way down . The way down was not well marked . We got off trail few times but thanks to the app we found our way back safely. It was a great adventure. The AllTrails app is a must have

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.

8 days ago

Very nice trail for a quick workout and great views! I used to hike this trail every afternoon in the summer after work to get into shape. Round trip (about 3.9 miles) can be easily done in 2 hours, however, once you get to the crest overlook you will want to spend some time taking in the view. Note: use caution on this trail after the first snowfall. The mix of snow/ice/mud can be deceiving and is easy to slip on ice if you are not careful. Make sure you bring along some good walking poles. It can also be very windy and cold at the top of the crest so bring appropriate clothing. I am always amazed, especially in the late fall and early winter, how many people will hike up this trail in tennis shoes and light clothing and not carry any additional gear, water, food, etc. I always take my ruck with enough gear and supplies to spend the night, if necessary, matter how nice the weather may be.

This trail is also a good starting point to get to the Crest Trail and the 10K trail. One of my most memorable trips was to hike up Tree Spring trail to the Crest Trail and then head south all the way to South Peak and exit at the southern end of the Crest Trail at Canyon Estates trail head. This was a very long trip (over 12 miles if I remember correctly), however, I had the whole day to do it and thoroughly enjoyed it! The hike through the aspen groves and short hike up South Sandia Peak was the highlight of the trip. This is a one-way trip so you either have to make arrangements to park a car at Canyon Estates trail head parking lot or have someone pick up up.