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hiking
19 hours ago

Decided to hike this trail with our dog today, Saturday 4/21, when our car couldn't make it out the rough road to a different section of the Piedra Lisa trail. The road to this one is paved, and there is a good-sized parking area at the trailhead. I liked it a lot better than most of the other trails I've done in the Sandia foothills. It is shaded most of the way. The trail is easy to follow (not a convoluted web of trails!). We went past where the AllTrails map ends to a nice outcrop with views. It took us 52 minutes each way. Most of the challenge comes from the elevation gain. We started around 10:20, and several other groups were out, but it was not bad at all for a Saturday.

21 hours ago

We started from the base of the Tram, using the Tramway Trail to connect to La Luz Trail—easy grade, nice views, and the trail was very well-marked. I am old and fat and my hiking partner is a sea-level flatlander, so the last 2.5 miles was...challenging, over rock scrambles with some ice. The open face areas of the trail were quite windy, and our worst nightmare would have been the tram not running, because we were not in any shape to do the return hike. Thankfully tram was operating and we suggest a blood orange margarita at the restaurant at the tram base.

Great trail with easy access! Can be pretty crowded on the weekends, of course. We made a loop of it and, from Atalaya, continued over to Picacho. There are some sections of the trail going up that are pretty steep, but the views and fresh air are worth the climb. The Dale Ball trail system is well marked once you drop north of Atalaya and makes looping back to the TH a breeze.

hiking
4 days ago

Climbed on April 15. There was minimal snow on the trail and I made it to the top in a pair of running shoed just fine. Coming from around sea level less than 24 hours before, the last portion of the hike got pretty difficult due to the altitude. I started at the bottom of the tram and took the tramway trail to get to La Luz. Then, I diverted off to the crest spur trail to Sandia Crest, which has a restaurant and bathrooms. From Sandia Crest, I took the South Crest Trail to the tram and rode it down. With breaks, it took me 7 hours to get to the top.

I was curious how technically difficult it would be and how scary the trail would be but 99% of the trail is a nice dirt/rock path. At the tight zigzag in the middle of the trail, there are rocks/boulders that you have to walk over. This is where people with dogs turned around. None of the trail required any scrambling, just walking uphill. At no point did I find myself in a place where I felt that one slip could send me off a cliff. There were lots of trees and bushes bordering the trail and where there wasn't, the slope wasn't that steep and the trail was plenty wide enough for comfort.

I had cell phone reception the whole way up, though just barely. Google maps has the trail outlined on it and even if you don't have service, the GPS will still show you where you are via the blue dot. I used it to make sure I stayed on the path.

Be sure you're up for the challenge, as it's a long way down if you get near the top and realize you can't make it. The altitude and length are what makes this a tough climb.

Hope this info helps. Be safe and have a great climb!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike and weather. Tough going up as it’s all uphill.

6 days ago

First trail in New Mexico. April 10th still had lots of snow on Albuquerque facing side. Took to much time before I turned back. Finished the last mile or so in the dark. Wasn't bad toward the bottom but could have been tricky on the snow and ice. Great first test for the abilities of a flatlander to handle New Mexico hiking. Enjoy.

So much fun!

Great trail for a windy day! Enough tree cover to block the wind, but great unobstructed outlooks. Took about 5.5 hours top to bottom.

Always fun with the family! Can be quick and easy or a bit longer and off path too if you're feeling adventurous.

on Pino Trail

14 days ago

Love this hike! After the first mile it’s nice to get into the trees and shade. Good views of the mountains. Nice little grove of Ponderosa pines about 2.5 miles up. Good spot to sit and have a snack.

14 days ago

It was a hard climb, but many places to rest and see some beautiful scenery. It’s early April so there was a spot or two of ice/snow, which didn’t cause any issues.

Really great views but the trail was snowy and icy as you moved away from the crest and into the forest.

hiking
19 days ago

Second time on this trail, only did 2 miles previously so wanted to challenge myself. Me and my dog went up on Easter took the round trip of going up and down. Theres still a good amount of snow last couple miles up so a good pair of hiking shoes is recommended. It's a tough hike but the scenery and the views from a top are worth every minute of it. Go conquer the mountain!

hiking
21 days ago

This is honestly one of the most beautiful hikes I've experienced in the Sandias! At 4mi the switchbacks got pretty slick because the snow hasn't melted yet. My pup and I made it to 9,180 ft on the Crest Trail and would've kept going if I had better shoes/poles. Can't wait to do it again once the snow is gone!

walking
21 days ago

Wow, it was a great experience! I've read people's comments and I was not 100% sure if I wanted to take my time and come to this trail but I am glad we did. I brought my 2 teens during the Spring break from Colorado and this was definitely one of the favorite one. I didn't ended up following the trail on the map because there are so many amazing petroglyphs and I am satisfied. If you're not from the area, this is one of the must "trail" to go!

Great shady hike with awesome views at the top. Strenuous uphill and really smooth downhill. Great footing as well. Should take 2 hours or less for a regular hiker.

trail running
24 days ago

What a dream of a trail. You get a little of everything, desert, technical, forest, ridgetop single track. I love this run, can't recommend it enough. From mile 4 on there is still quite a bit of ice, not so bad going up, coming down was an adventure. The single track is incredible once you hit the Crest Junction I highly recommend you push on for at least an extra quarter mile to enjoy it.

27 days ago

Second time on this trail. Yesterday , I beat my personal time reaching Sandia Tram in 4 hours. The trail has ice and snow at the trail maker with 2.2 miles remaining for the remainder of the trek. The trail is treacherous in parts as the path is right on the ridge line with no margin for a misstep. I did not have microspikes but those would have been beneficial. The snow and ice increased the time of the hike, but I wanted to be deliberate in my steps. Once past the last switchback, only a little snow, mostly mud until the end.

I will have to go again in the summer when conditions are less treacherous and to improve my time. Be safe and go prepared. Regardless of your reason for the hike, whether to take your time and enjoy the views, or to improve your personal time, this hike is one of the best.

Awesome scenery and art

hiking
28 days ago

The views are amazing, the microclimates startling, the rocky switchbacks hard on the feet, but the reward at the top is well worth it. Whatever amount of water you think you should bring, bring more. Have fun!!

hiking
28 days ago

walking
30 days ago

This is a very enjoyable trail! The incline is a bit severe but I enjoyed it thoroughly

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail! I’m from Colorado, but I’ve been living in Florida for the past year...so I made sure to bring a ton of water. I finished the la luz trail in about 3 hours and I was going at a steady pace. I should have stopped more to take photos, but I get in a zone! There was still some snow at the top, but I was just in tennis shoes and I felt perfectly safe going up. Although if I would have gone down it I would have liked something with a bit more grip. None of the drops bothered me much because you had plenty of trail and most the time there were trees, not like a shear drop on both sides like some trails. I will definitely spend some more time hiking around this area.

Note-if going down the tram, park your car there for a couple bucks and hike the tramway trail to the start of la luz. It adds a couple of miles at the beginning of the hike, but they aren’t hard miles and it makes it nice to not have to walk those after taking the tram down!

Anyone on here know if the ice has melted yet. I want to go on sat but crampons are a bit to expensive for us.

Lovely hike even though trail pretty icy. Be sure to check out Kiwanis Cabin. Only did part of trail because of time limitations but will definitely return to finish.

1 month ago

nice! big rocks , challenging

Challenging hike due to steady incline, great workout. Trail hugs the side of the mountain so the views are unbelievable!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail rocks! Did the full 13.5 miles in 5.25 hours. We hit the trailhead at 1:30 pm, got to the top by 4:15, stopped long enough for a quick snack, then jogged to the bottom. I was at my car by 6:45! Great ass kicker!

Be safe and have fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike with beautiful views. There is still snow on the top portion of the trail so trekking poles and possibly micro spikes will be a help. Pino is not as strenuous or long as La Luz but will give you a good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

I did La Luz today, March 17, 2018. I am from Indiana, a Flatlander they call us Hoosiers. I am glad I took advice to get poles and microspikes while visiting Albuquerque last year. They were invaluable today. I traveled from Tram connection trail to La Luz and up to the tram. The views are inspiring and I learned much from a local who hiked with me. The different biomes that one travels though on this hike are a welcome feeling as I felt as though I enter different forests all on one hike. Take time to look back at where you came from to see many formations. Always be careful and bring spikes when attempting while snow and ice are still on the trails, as they were today. I saw one person at the tram fall and cut their hand open and suggest that they wished they had had my poles and spikes. If one were to fall on the LaLuz, it could result in death. Be careful and be rewarded.

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