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A tough 10.3 miles from the parking lot to the intersection with the South Crest trail, but beautiful and worth the effort

Really fun trail that has a pretty good incline the whole way up. I think Pino Trail was a bit harder. It is kind of easy to get lost on this trail, but stick to the app and you'll be fine. Really rewarding top and eerie to see the wreckage from the plane so far spread out.

Probably saw about 20 mountain bikers today, not a big deal though. This is an easy trail, decent scenery.

hiking
7 days ago

I am a 68 year old man who hiked this trail yesterday with my adult daughter. Yes, it was strenuous but it was wonderful. Definitely will do it again.

hiking
9 days ago

I would rate this as moderate, mostly easy with a couple challenging spots. We started clockwise and did an alternate loop on return when we got to junction 12 we did the inside loop. This was an unexpected pleasure of a hike with vistas of Cabezon peak, the Sandia and Jemez mountains. Looking forward to doing it counter clockwise. Be aware there are two very short but hard scrambles where you may require gloves.

hiking
13 days ago

Last two miles is pretty snowy. Still able to make it through with just tennis shoes, though. A great hike as always especially with tramming down.

Trail head has some construction going on so we opted to use the tramway trail to get to la luz and the tram is going to be closed for two weeks or so after today.

Very hard! My muscle endurance was definitely challenged on this trail. We had to climb a huge boulder before getting to the crash site, and I slipped on the way back down. Very rocky so proceed with caution. It took us about 5 or so hours to and from. Really beautiful! This app was a lifesaver for staying the course.

Four stars because the last 200 feet were frankly dangerous, with a steep grade and loose scree preventing us from the crest, even after 500-1000 feet climbing through thorny plants. “Goat trail” above the wreck site is accurate.

Below and up to the wreck site, beautiful and challenging. Well worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a great trail, I was advised to go counterclockwise and happy I did. Steep incline on the last part of trail. Nice switchbacks going up.

I thought this trail was just ok. The scenery is not spectacular and the road is not too far off so you always hear cars. Nice little bits of nature though.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail... especially now that the leaves are changing. It is a tough one though... I just wish it was signaled better (we lost the trail a couple of times)

I love this trail but it is really easy to miss your trail due to washes and gullies looking like the trail you should be on. The real magic happens about 1.5 miles up when you get into the shady woody area where you’ll cross the stream and see some beautiful views of the mountain. Be ready for a butt-kicker.

hiking
29 days 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.

30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike!! Super windy day, but so enjoyable. Took roughly 6 hours to the top and back down. From mile 5 on is very snowy and icy. Just take your time and bring lots of water. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this hike a few times. it's really enjoyable but does make you work. the hardest part I think is hiking over the loose rocks and switch backs towards the end.

1 month ago

Great hike! I’ve gone both directions and going down is harder in the joints. Very rewarding and challenging hike. Tops out at over 10k feet. I do this hike at least once a year! Takes a group of us five hours to go up.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Wonderful area for mountain biking and hiking with absolute stunning views in every direction. Trail is challenging but very fun. Not for a beginner. The canyon the trail encircles is simply gorgeous with jagged peaks, steep walls, flat canyon floor with a small spring fed stream and rock and sand striations from beige to dark reds! The trail also passes by several large, deep holes filled with water (Devil’s Hole) - very interesting! And the trails are marked very well! Don’t miss this one for hiking or biking. It took right at 3 hours to bike the loop with numerous stops for photos and a snack.

Easily the best hike in the area! The views of the mountains are incredible.

It could be marked a bit better at the several forks. Mostly should stay right.

1 month ago

Great day for la luz!

1 month ago

I hate switchbacks (around mile 7), but I’ve done this trail several times. Absolutely worth it!

great trail. Other worldly.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful but challenging trail. Started at the lower Tramway Trail so we were 5 Miles in when we met La Luz. I don’t advise that unless you are well prepared. The trail seems easy at the beginning but there are challenging elevated rocky areas to climb so wear appropriate boots. Take plenty of water (we did 6 liters and it was just right) and snacks. It needs so maintenance in some areas but that’s part of the fun. Don’t be shy about taking breaks! We did 23 Miles total between 4 trials and it took 7 hours.

Great views! Will definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty trail, for sure. We went on a Monday, so there wasn't a ton of traffic. We took the more difficult "alternate" route on the left-hand side. If you're a hiker, it is nothing that I would consider hard. No summit or specific end-destination, but beautiful flowers and trees throughout.

2 months ago

I only went halfway up but it was easy to stay on trail and find your way . I would recommend doing in the early morning as the first 2.5-3 miles of hiking is on the west side which is very sunny in the afternoon. Great for those wanting variety in elevation and not afraid to climb around rocks on switch backs.

2 months ago

Very nice n lots of shade in the early am

Tough trail but worth it

This is a very good trail and the plane wreckage near the end makes it quite unique. The first mile or so is completely exposed and rather gradual incline. As you get into the forest it gets quite steep and there are several spots where you have to scramble up some rocks. It’s easy to lose the trail and I got off track for a bit but managed to find my way back.
The wreckage is located almost directly below the tram cables so you will know when you are close. I was amazed at the site. It was truly a sobering experience to see and identify almost every part of the plane. It is a stark reminder of the fragility of life.
This trail is not for beginners with rapid elevation gain and rough terrain.

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