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hiking
12 days ago

Last two miles is pretty snowy. Still able to make it through with just tennis shoes, though. A great hike as always especially with tramming down.

Trail head has some construction going on so we opted to use the tramway trail to get to la luz and the tram is going to be closed for two weeks or so after today.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike!! Super windy day, but so enjoyable. Took roughly 6 hours to the top and back down. From mile 5 on is very snowy and icy. Just take your time and bring lots of water. Highly recommend this trail!

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome.
Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this hike a few times. it's really enjoyable but does make you work. the hardest part I think is hiking over the loose rocks and switch backs towards the end.

1 month ago

Favorite hike in GMNP. Far less busy than Guadalupe Mountain and pretty good views. The forest near the peak is beautiful. Saw many golden eagles on a late afternoon hike. Hot in summer.

1 month ago

Great hike! I’ve gone both directions and going down is harder in the joints. Very rewarding and challenging hike. Tops out at over 10k feet. I do this hike at least once a year! Takes a group of us five hours to go up.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a long but beautiful trail with amazing landscapes, especially this month of autumn when you can see the different colors of the trees and plants. My granddaughter and I walked about the third part of the trail and we finished at the Nelson Canyon trailhead. Along with the magnificent landscape we also saw elks, deer, rabbits and different birds, we ended up a little tired but we enjoyed a lot.

Easily the best hike in the area! The views of the mountains are incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail at the end of September. Beautiful views, deer, and interesting plants. Most importantly, a walk through a paleobathymetry which was incredible! Great place for geologists to visit. Was a fairly strenuous hike up and careful coming down with lots of loose rocks. Need lots of water! It was very warm coming down with little breeze.

1 month ago

Great day for la luz!

1 month ago

I hate switchbacks (around mile 7), but I’ve done this trail several times. Absolutely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful but challenging trail. Started at the lower Tramway Trail so we were 5 Miles in when we met La Luz. I don’t advise that unless you are well prepared. The trail seems easy at the beginning but there are challenging elevated rocky areas to climb so wear appropriate boots. Take plenty of water (we did 6 liters and it was just right) and snacks. It needs so maintenance in some areas but that’s part of the fun. Don’t be shy about taking breaks! We did 23 Miles total between 4 trials and it took 7 hours.

2 months ago

I only went halfway up but it was easy to stay on trail and find your way . I would recommend doing in the early morning as the first 2.5-3 miles of hiking is on the west side which is very sunny in the afternoon. Great for those wanting variety in elevation and not afraid to climb around rocks on switch backs.

Tough trail but worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Poles and gloves recommended.

stared out about 8, temps got to about 90, and little to no shade on the way down.

suggest starting early and watch the weather for the heat.

Different terrain, rocks, gravel, some climbing and navigation on large rocks. primarily understand your ability to do the different levels of difficulty.

there is a stram, so a water filter will assist in a lighter load about 2.5 to 3 miles. I will personally do that next time.

overall fun hike, heat was a test, and the earlier the better. total workout from the get go. be prepared to get the cardio in.

2 months ago

loved the hike. shady and beautiful

backpacking
2 months ago

This is an amazing trail, it’s kind of rocky and it gets narrow on some points, keep your kids close to you if you don’t want to see them slide down.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, and very convenient to the city. It’s not for the faint of heart, however. If you move at a brisk pace and don’t take any breaks, 2 hours to the top is doable. From there, it’s about 20 minutes to either the tram or the Crest House, depending on which way you go. The Crest House has great views of the city and eastern New Mexico. And if you’re a daredevil like me, you can climb the communications towers for even better views! I start at 6:00, get to the top by 8:00, tool around on the top for 45 minutes to an hour, and get back down around 11:00. Starting early is the key to success on this trail.

The first couple miles of the trail where overgrown with light vegetation and there are 40-ish river crossings up to knee deep so be prepared to get wet.

2 months ago

Great trail to get a view of White sands national monument from the mountain side.

2 months ago

Good views of ABQ on the way up. My gps tracked nearly 17 miles round trip to the top at the junction of the crest trail. It's a moderately steep climb. I started at 930AM. Got to the top at 12:45PM and ate lunch until around 1. I arrived at the lower parking lot at 415PM. I took a lot of photographs and some small side tours, but no breaks except lunch. Once you reach the so called 5 mile marker, the remainder gets difficult with a lot of granite rock crosses and switchbacks for miles which could be very slippery if wet.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Great views when you get far enough into the forest. Plenty of rain has made this trail very green with wildflowers. The last 3 miles are well shaded so I recommend taking a light jacket. Definitely a hard hike with plenty of rocky spots and uphill areas. Taking the tram back down is worth it. Pack lots of water.

Beautiful trail.... took about total 5 hours with stopping for pics and a couple snack & water breaks. The incline is gradual. Nice trail would definitely do it again and camp at the Wilderness Backcountry campsites

Need more trail markers , otherwise beautiful trail

trail running
3 months ago

Took the pup on a trail run. Went about 2.5 miles up before the pup got tired. First 3/4 mile is a grind but with switchbacks and then becomes a little more gradual once you enter the canyon. Great hike late in the season! Take water!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s very difficult, but the views are breath-taking. We started at the tram trail (2.5 miles) which then connected to the La Luz Trail so we did about 10 miles total including the trek to the Tram. This is definitely not a hike for beginners, but is a great challenge. We did this hike in preparation for Wheeler Peak in September. If you hike this on a weekend and ride the tram down expect to wait about 45 mins or more to get on a tram back down the mountain.

3 months ago

Great trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Probably the best hike in New Mexico! Start as early as you can to beat the heat.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult but the views make you forget about all of that. beautiful wildflowers along the path and we were greeted by a cute bunny. there's a rock formation that reminded us of a thumbs up and it helped us press on.

hiking
3 months ago

First hike I’ve taken in years. It’s defiantly a challenge because of how quickly the elevation rises. I became slightly dizzy at one point and took a 10 minute break. The most important part though is to keep moving. It certainly isn’t an easy hike.

I forget which trail we took because there were two paths. I think we ended up on the back side of the mountain because we never saw the tram. Either way me and my mate managed 5.13 miles in a 3 hour 15 minute hike. There are portions that have nothing but gravel in ridiculously steep areas, so proper footwear is an absolute must. Also beware that cacti is abundant across the trail. I accidentally slipped and my hand landed right on top of one.

In the end, I’d do it again. The trail offered incredible views and is certainly offers a true hike. Not for beginners in the slightest bit.

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