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hey just wanted to point out that the turnoff coordinates are incorrect and lead to a private residential area. The turnoff is at 35.828399,-106.595902.

Need more trail markers , otherwise beautiful trail

The waterfall was beautiful. I couldn’t find away down that was safe for my dog but other than that it was an amazing hike

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16 days 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.

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17 days ago

Loved the uphill trail! The views were fantastic! Upon arrival 3 gorgeous springs were seen with Crystal clear water and little minnows that nibble at you, it was quite relaxing and a nice place to have lunch and hang a hammock. Further down I wasn't able to locate any additional springs but beautiful small waterfalls here and there.

18 days ago

Great trail.

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24 days ago

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

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25 days 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.

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26 days 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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1 month ago

There had been closures of this range due to fire hazards but it is indeed open as of 7/21. We got to the area late in the day and decided to ride the tram up and hike down. We’re in good shape but will never race to set a record as we enjoy taking in the sites and taking pictures. That’s not to say we don’t hump out a good pace at times. We started the descent at 17:00 and made it to the parking lot at 21:00, a solid four hours. Trail is well marked. It was 85 at the top when we started. Consumed about 1.5L each. There is decent exposure but if you’re not the clumsy type and pay attention it’s no biggie. The AllTrails map says 13.3 up and down. We logged 7.3 on my Suunto coming down only which I have to reconcile.

Pretty views of Battleship Rock

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1 month ago

Hike was great all the way until the loop on top of the mesa. Trail seems to have washed away and there was a fire up there so lots of trees collapsed over what might have formerly been a trail.

Highly recommend taking a left once you get up the steep rocky portion around 3.6mi. There’s a neat rock formation over there you can catch your breath and look out across the valley. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have bothered with the loop around the top, though if you do poke around up there there’s a grave site to be found with candles, tobacco cans, and booze positioned around it.

The stream at the start/end of the trail was a nice chance to take a nice cool dip after the hike.

1 month ago

Note that this trail has been reopened. However, when we were headed to the trailhead via Wilderness Gate this morning at 7, neighbors driving by told us they had seen a large bear at the base of the mountain along the road, so we played it safe and hiked Picacho instead.

1 month ago

Soda Rock was a nice place, the sign was hard to see. Don’t go during monsoon season, because the current was so forceful I couldn’t get in.

1 month ago

Right off the road. Better than expected.

Do not attempt to drive this (when the gate is open) unless you have very high clearance! Especially if it's muddy! Just hike the 6-ish easy miles in. It took us about an hour and a half one way.
If you can't decide which hot springs in the area to do, do this one. It's actually hot, and it's beautiful. Clear water, beautiful views, less people. You won't be disappointed.

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1 month ago

Lots of trail closures in the Cibola National Forest due to lack of rain. Check before you go.

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2 months ago

Mostly uphill on the way out, easy hike on the way back. After seeing a couple other hot springs in the area, I vote this my favorite. Beautiful views the whole way with crystal clear springs at the end. Plus the upper pond has minnows that will nibble on your toes if you don't move. I wouldn't call it a hot spring as much as a warmish spring as people have said, but well worth the hike.

I absolutely love this place!!!!

Did the loop in reverse, so a lot more climbing for a good workout. Feels like this is a longer trek than listed. Strava tracked at 7+ miles. Finished the loop in three hours, but I travel a little faster than most. Lots of fallen trees on the trail and some broken signage at intersections from the recent storm. Didn’t see anything that indicated a spur at the top for the “amazing views,” so not sure if the storm knocked them down. The creek and waterfall were bone dry. So I left the trail pretty defeated. No magical views or waterfall. Sections of the trail were pretty with wild flowers and greenery. Bring bug spray for swarms of flies.

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2 months ago

Hiked up the trail on Memorial Day. I began at the trail head parking lot at 6:45am, but didn't reach the top until noon. I lost about two hours helping another hiker who was doing the trail for the first time. Poor guy almost passed out on his way to the top as he wasn't used to the elevation spike. I got to the top and took a break for 45 mins and hiked back down. I arrived at the parking lot by 4pm. Total miles= 18, calories burned 2,000, steps walked over 40K. I would recommend beginning the hike early in the morning this time of year, otherwise you'll be getting the brunt of the sun hiking back down. It was a great hike, awesome workout & fantastic views. If you pay attention to where you are going, you won't get lost. This was my first time hiking the trail. Challenging for sure. Definitely not for novices.

Nice trail, heavy traffic. The springs worth the 4 miles.

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2 months ago

We hiked to the top and the views were great. We stayed on the correct path and took the easier route up but steep route back down. Both my wife’s phone and my tracker had our distance at 8.2 miles. This is well above the 5.8 listed miles so if you are looking for a short hike this is not it. Good trail though.

This trail was great. If you go the whole loop Spruce Spring to Crest Trail to Red Canyon it is 8 miles not 6.5 miles. I would recommend starting on Spruce Spring Trail first because Red Canyon is more steep. The hardest part is the Crest trail which is beautiful but you pull a consistant grade the whole time. We did this hike with a 3 year old boy and a 5 month old puppy plus 4 kids ranging from 10 to 14. They all survived but kept thinking the trail would never end since it was supposed to be 6.5 miles. lol all in all it was a nice hike. Great views, no water in the waterfall because of the drought. We could have made the loop in about 4 hrs but one of our friends were not too conditioned to we had to wait for her, it took our group of nine 5 hrs.

This was a great trail with plenty of up! The views from the top are worth it. The trail numbers switch from 174 to 170 as you reach the power lines. We took the harder route up and the easier down. There was an offshoot trail that takes you up to a lookout on the easy side. Take lots of water.

One of our favorite hikes in Santa Fe. Some of the best views in the area but you have to work for them.

Great hike. Up most the way and then down coming back. Fairly hot today but decided to have lunch at the springs.

Very rewarding hike-worth the effort to get to the springs!

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3 months ago

I started at the Tramway Trailhead and connected with La Luz trail to the top of Sandia Crest (3.5 hours, 4,960 ft elevation climb). From there i took the trail along the peak over to Kiwanis Cabin (20 minutes) - which if you haven't been there I'd highly recommend! The views from where it sits are amazing, and the cabin itself is pretty cool considering the history. After that I made my way to the Sandia Peak Tramway (30 minutes) and rode the tram back down. Overall the hike was 10 miles. The weather was perfect, however at the top i had to put my sweater on due to the very crisp breeze (it didn't help that my clothes were damp from all the sweating). This trail doesn't require a lot of caution or technique, but stamina and determination are definitely a must! Bring plenty of water!

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3 months ago

We are fairly new to hiking and found the trail quite strenuous towards the top. Was able to make it to the summit in about 2.5 hours with many short breaks along the way. GPS Said 8 miles so if you are new to hiking and looking for an easy hike this may not be the trail for you.

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