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Worth the trek. Navigation gets tricky after Domingo baca trail as you head towards the TWA crash site. Highly recommend to keep an eye on waypoints.

challenging hike. shade was nice, dogs found it super hot regardless of shade. lots of loose rocks, easy to roll an ankle if you aren't mindful of where you step. great glute and calf workout though!

Did the first 4 miles today. Going back tomorrow to do it all.

Steep. B’cse of poorly marked trail in early miles, general recommendation is ‘bear right.’ The trail is good.

Back open

Nice trail for three of us (including 6 year old). Plenty of tree cover and views. Occasional fallen tree to climb over or around.

Park in Sulphur Canyon picnic area ($3 user fee). Stay right at Faulty Trail.

When you turn off to go up to the waterfall the trail becomes much more rugged. I did not make it all the way to the end. About half way you have to scramble up side rocks and I was not going to try it while packing my son.

trail running
1 month ago

**CLOSED All wilderness areas (trails to the peaks)** because of drought and fear of wildfires. Shorter trails in the immediate area are open. Beautiful area, will be back for the peak. Call to figure out when they re-open

on Osha Loop Trail

1 month ago

Whole area closed due to high fire hazard.

This is a shorter hike, but there is very little shade and a lot of elevation changes. If you aren't acclimated, I'd rate it Difficult.

There is a cutoff, visible on the Topo map, beyond the Needle (Rock gap) by about half a mile.

Very rocky and steep the first 2-3 miles. Then it tapers off and becomes moderate with plenty of shade. Take lots of water. This trail is definitely NOT for beginners

Very pretty hike, but a few things to note: I would say this is more of a moderate hike. The first 0.6 miles from the trailhead near the bathrooms was nothing but uphill. Also, definitely take some kind of map, it's very easy to get lost at the intersections. Lots of shade, I do recommend taking time to bird watch and just enjoy the location.

hiking
2 months ago

Hard to believe this trail is moderate! I think we need more classification levels because the difference between this trail and some others (also moderate) is night and day. I know it's not quite hard but it's on the high end of moderate! Still, the view at the top makes it worth it.

Good shade, not much of a view

Really an enjoyable hike with plenty of shade and wonderful views. Lots of parking and places to picnic after your hike.. trailhead kind of hard to find...it’s on the east side of the parking lot in the Sulpher Canyon picnic ground and spits you back out in the same lot,

Really beautiful, challenging trail. I started at the Pino Trailhead to get to the Domingo Baca Trailhead, which adds about .5 to the 7.7 mile trail. Starts with a desert landscape, slightly scaling to overlook Albuquerque then into very rocky terrain at the base, into shady, wooded terrain. It gets more challenging after the first mile. If you’re not acclimated to the already 6000’ city of Albuquerque, then this will be very challenging (I just got here a few days ago and had to go much slower than my usual pace). You climb about 1000’ in the first 2.5 miles. I only made it 4 miles in, and will go back as I am more acclimated. Enjoy!

Beautiful and challenging trail. The last half up to the TWA site has significant altitude gain. You should be in good condition, especially if you don't live at mile high altitude. The plane wreckage is historic and creates a bit of a melancholy vibe, which adds a unique aspect to the hike.When I did this hike two years ago I tried to keep up with a group 25+ years younger than me as they raced down the trail. I wound up with a torn meniscus and knee surgery! Not likely to happen to you (I hope), but that's probably what stopped me from clicking 5 stars.

worth checking out. and if u like going off trail and really feeling some altitude its a few miles to la luz and right up to the tram. be prepared to deal with lots of foliage and some steep includes that can have loose rocks. my favorite part of this trail was the memorial for those who died in the crash very peaceful.

Easy trail with outstanding views.

awesome trail! If you like a good challenge this one will do it for you towards the end. The crash site is epic and makes you think about life. It almost goes to la luz. It tough to tell where it goes at times but I ended up going off trail at the end to hit the tram awesome exercise

l think it's 8 miles. Easy to get off trail especially in Boulder field. I would rate as Hard. Views were fantastic and also take extra water!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views! Can get rocky

What a fun and challenging trail! I can see how people might get off trail. I had the app open to check our progress against the highlighted trail. It seems to be more than 4 miles. Bring more water than you think you need.

Great hike, pretty scenery. Good elevation gain and distance. Went to Oso pass, had a bite to eat, and a short nap in the shade. :) Recommend for sure...

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked up Pino, then down Cienega. Trail is gully washed downhill for about half of it. Quite a few downed trees on trail. Lots of dead upright and downed trees in Cienega canyon. Road was closed to upper trailhead, and had to hike around a bit before finding our ride. Pretty area, I'm sure it's nice when the stream is going and not so dry, but overall area needs thinning, and trail needs some maintenance work done.

It is a steeper trail, easy to get off trail (do follow the map!), in full sun. Nice views, some fun rock formations and boulders.

The eye is a little less than halfway if following the loop counterclockwise. You are looking for a very large Boulder area that has an eye painted on the side of it.

I made a recording to show Eye location. Look for the RED dot where there's a break in my recording (southern portion of loop). Zoom in, it's a pic of the area. NOTE: The Eye is itty bitty in the pic! Enlarge the pic, you'll see the eye under the large Boulder with green moss toward the center. Enjoy the hike!

Stellar hike on Watermelon Mountain. Do it.

hiking
4 months ago

I did a loop trail to South Peak going up the CCC Route and back on the South Crest Trail, which is about 11.5 miles. There’s now a small cairn marking the CCC Route off the South Crest Trail just past the sign for the Upper Faulty Trail, but it’s simpler to just take the Upper Faulty Trail and turn left at the big pile of rocks immediately in front of you.

See my recording for the trail to South Peak off of the South Crest Trail. It is marked by a sign. What is now marked by a small cairn is a great back way off this trail (also on the recording). You head across a field with the trail only sometimes visible and then into the forest (quite steep at first). The wind is blocked as you go through the aspens and past some nice rock formations to come out right at the top of South Peak! The return loop can be the usual trail to Embudito and then left to join the Crest Trail.

The CCC Route is 1.7 miles and gains 1720 ft in the process, from 7600 to 9320 ft elevation. There are only a few “steps” and no real switchbacks, so
mostly you are just hiking the grade, which never gets super-steep like Oso Ridge or Hawk Watch (two other great trails that can be made into loops and include South Peak). The CCC Route opens up to a rocky expanse in a few places and I turned on the recorder to find the trail.

Be sure to check out Travertine Falls and the rock cave off the South Crest Trail before the Faulty Trail turnoff on the way up (there’s a sign for both these trails). The trail to Travertine Falls rejoins the South Crest Trail and actually cuts a little off of it. It’s the loop on the recording.

Hot and dry. If you like views of developed land, that’s what you’ll get. I would not do again.

I've been wanting to do this trail for some time. Finally, today we got out. It's a hard trail. We climbed all the way up and unfortunately did not find the eye or the blue feet. If anyone could help us out with tips where the eye actually is so we can find it next time, I would really appreciate it!

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