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hiking
18 hours ago

Solid hike that's a great workout. Beautiful scenery that changes as you go up. It was perfect weather and even some ice as we reached the top, but nothing to wear you would need any traction attachments. If you're used to hiking, try this one out. My phone clocked 10 miles total, but it's a little bit of a walk to get to the actual trailhead. Great views of the canyon and of Albuquerque along the way.

1 day ago

4 hours up and 2.25 hours down. Beautiful scenery, nice trail, not for the faint hearted.

Great views! Will definitely do again.

1 month ago

Very nice n lots of shade in the early am

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to hike. Took my 8 year old son and we had lots of fun.

Nice trail. I thought there were a lot of bikers, but I went on a Sunday. I went the counterclockwise route and am glad for it. If you don’t mind a steeper climb until the first junction then it makes for a nice gradual downhill hike out when you get into Tunnel Road. Will definitely do it again but only on a weekday when there aren’t as many bikers.

1 month ago

This is hands-down my favorite way up the mountain. It's brilliant, and cuts through my favorite vegetation belts on the way up. The views from the top are spectacular, too.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail spur to the waterfall was closed from March until August 15th. we attempted on Aug 19. The trail was pretty overgrown in spots, and we ultimately turned around after seeing fresh bear scat (1/3 way to waterfall area). Lovely hike on a hot day with 2 parents and one child.

great trail. lots of choices. we'll definitely. do it again.

It’s really pretty and not to hard to hike. Just make sure you bring lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with great changes to the forest as you go up in altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked (walked a good pace) this trail yesrerday (mid July) and it was great! The trail was long and challenging for an amateur like myself. The incline made for a tough trip up, hiking alone I definitely had to push myself. The trip down was cake, until...the last stretch without shade in 100+ degree heat. I felt like I was walking through death valley, like I might just not make it back to the car. I read that it was about 2 hours up and 2 hours down but that must have been the runners or really intense hikers because it took me almost 3 hours up and a little over two down (stopping a bit for pictures). If I would have known it would have taken me longer I would have left earlier in the morning, lesson learned. Would definitely like to go again but after getting some pretty intense sunburn in that last stretch back to the parking lot, I would go earlier in the day (6am or earlier) or would go during a cooler time of year. Also the view at the end of the trail isn't great, so if I ever do it again I'd like to continue on to the crest trail to see what you can see from that 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.

4 months ago

one of my favorites

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail in Feb. 2017 and used our crampons as soon as we came upon ice. A good half of our hike went through snow, and at the top through the switchbacks we were hiking through knee deep snow a few times and at one point I stepped off the trail and the snow came up to my thigh in one of the drifts. We hiked this trail part way once before going all the way to the top and back down. It took us a total of six hours, four up two down. Overall, really amazing hike with the snow. Have yet to try it during the summer, but I imagine it can get quite hot. Carry plenty of water and take snacks. We had a snack break about 3/4 of the way up and again at the top and you definitely need that extra push. We have hiked tent rocks many times and multiple other short hikes around New Mexico before, but this was our first big out and back all the way. Have to tackle La Luz soon!

hiking
4 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

5 months ago

Beautiful coming down at sunset. I’d call it moderate. Plan time to do part of the crest trail as well since the view from the top is obscured by trees

trail running
5 months ago

Awesome run. A bit tough running about mile 3.5, very rocky. Great tree cover, very pretty, and beat me up. If you like trail running, a great challenge, pretty, and hardly anyone above mile 2.

5 months ago

Great trail. 2 hours up and 2 back

hiking
5 months ago

We only went about 3.25 mi up (6.5 round trip) at a leisurely pace; took about 3.5 hours with small breaks and a 20-30 min break where we turned around.

Lots of periodic shade in the trees and nice breezes once you start gaining elevation.

trail running
5 months ago

I trail ran this trail and the Crest Trail and it killed my Quads a few days later as the first five miles is almost all up hill nearly 2700 feet of elevation gain.
Tree cover is lacking until you hit about mile 4 because the Pine boring Beatles have decimated the forest. The first mile is all desert floor to the foothills.
The trail starts crowded on the weekends but once you get to mile 3 you'll be all alone. Most turn around a little over half way up.
Once at top, take the left at the Poles down Crest Trail for beautiful views of the valley.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a favorite! Beautiful views! You do have to watch your footing, but that's hiking right?! Will come back again and again! Our dogs loved it too! Great 5miles!

5 months ago

Be sure to find the lunch spot rocks at the end of the trail. You take a right on the Crest Trail and at the sign for the Cienega Trail (visible from the Pino Trail sign) just head right up the rocks then left on a small trail which provides access to a long shelf of rocks directly over the last section of the Pino Trail. I put this on the recording but it’s easy to find.

hiking
6 months ago

A really lovely hike. Great views. We keep coming back to this one.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

on Pino Trail

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

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