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1 day 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.

3 days ago

nice! big rocks , challenging

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

Hiked on 3-10-18. 5 stars... maybe because it was raining and the wildlife was out, there was only 3 people on the trail (beside a few backpackers in Poverty Flat). I completed going clockwise, heard frogs at frog lake, a fox up on Blue Ridge, a rabbit, two herds of deers, multitudes of California Newts. The Big Berry Manzanita are amazing as are the Madrones. Flowers were out. Anyways this hike was a gem in the rain with an umbrella. But a lot of elevation gain. This hike took me 8 hours, and ended in the dark after a great sunset.

I did this trek on Sunday 3-12-18 and unfortunately I did it backwards. So I can not say I have completed the "short cut" It was a really nice hike in 65 degree weather can imagine it being much hotter I would melt away. It was long and intense for me and I hike every weekend. I took the Jackass trail from Poverty flat to Blueridge (remember I started at end) Going down the Short Cut is really rough on the knees..... I much prefer going up it. I will be back to do it the right way.... It is very peaceful and lightly traffic, just how I like it.

13 days ago

This trail kicked my ass and scared me stiff on that last two miles to the tram. I started at 1 pm and didn’t get to the tram until 6:30. I had to do the scariest part in the dark. Make sure you leave enough time to get to the tram before dark and bring poles and micro spikes if there is snow and ice. Seriously. People die on this trail from falls.


18 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. It was my first time ever doing a hike. I was born and raised in FL and have been here for a week so the altitude certainly made breathing a little difficult. In the canyon there is still a good bit of snow and I had no poles or spikes but I made it to the top. Beautiful views throughout. Took the tram down and Uber to car.

Done 2/4/18. Great weather for the hike. The last 2.75 miles we’re snowpack that had melted and frozen. Pretty slippery in spots, yak tracks would’ve been the bees knees.

Not the most variety but fantastic views, lots of birds! And because it’s a fire trail, easy to walk with a companion.
My 22 year daughter and I made it to the top but I found it a hard hike. The rolling ridge at the top was a bit daunting for me but worth the trip.
Round trip with a lunch break for us was about 5 1/2 hours.

Excellent hike, to the top of Black Mountain about 12 miles..steep at some points, very good workout to get ur endurance up...well worth it to reach the top, the view is amazing.

Breathtaking views, really light traffic once you get away from the trail heads. It’s definitely one of the hardest trails I’ve ever done, but also one I’ll never forget. Plenty of cute cows will stare at you as you make your way to the top, so prepare to have you heart stolen. Piece of advice though? Mind their poop!

1 month ago

This is the perfect trail for Snow Shoeing! Other trails that I've been on have been difficult to tell where the trail is unless there are tracks already, and then - can you really trust them? This trail is very wide (snowmobile's use a large segment of it) and is very clearly defined by TRT signs along the way. The first .6 mile trail is a hiking trail, but once you get past that, it's a piece of cake.

Hiked 2-10-18. Enjoyed the walk up, noting the beautiful madrones, oak, and manzanita trees. Also got to a see a Bobcat! Trail was nicely shaded with great views of San Jose. I also enjoyed the company of a new friend Peter. Cheers.

1 month ago

Great hike! It's a steady incline the whole way but easier than we expected. There's currently snow on the second half, but it's still passable with poles.


1 month ago

Gorgeous views throughout most the hike! Quit a workout.

Beautiful. Great also with kids. Great day.

Such a beautiful hike! Definitely recommended

I'm visiting from WA, and decided to check out this trail today.

Trail is super well-maintained, and there are pretty cool views of Silicon Valley and Black Mountain (and some surrounding ridges) along the way. The end of Black Mountain Trail (a radio tower) doesn't have amazing views, but it's a great hike overall. The hike itself starts out a bit steep, but becomes a gradual climb and is quite steady in its climb until the very end, where it's steep again.

Made it to the top in about 1:45. I didn't drive there (took a Lyft), but the parking lot was completely full by the time I descended.

1 month ago

Had a great sunny day today. Snowshoes the entire trip. I will be doing this again.

1 month ago

Super fun in snow! Went snow shoeing with my best friend today, and it was a beautiful view up at the top! Not too difficult, the steepness is pretty gradual until the end. Would love to see it in the springtime.

1 month ago

Very rewarding to complete! Awesome views!

Amazing hike. Pack warm, waterproof hiking shoes and trekking poles

Great trail for a quick close to town excursion.

Do this hike in the summer then come back and do it in the winter, it’s so amazing to see the change in the terrain. Such an amazing hike I recommend it to everyone

2 months ago

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