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    Member Since April 2017

    j p

    Albuquerque, New Mexico 

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    j p reviewed Pino Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This review is for trail runners.

    For the reasons I dislike this trail, many people love it.

    This trail is wide open with no shade and flat for the first couple of miles. It is a terrible trail to run during the summer days or when it is hot. It's literally the worst trail I've ever been on. And the little shade you find you'll have to worry about rattlesnakes.

    People love this trail. It does ascend into higher and better terrain. But you've got to get past the awful desert part of it first. Personally I'd rather not get sunburned within 10 minutes of running. I like shade and trees. This trail won't offer you that.
    It is easy to run (or hike). If you're an experienced trail runner with elevation change, this won't be difficult. But good god the lack of shade is just brutal. Maybe this trail would be ok in the winter after a light snow fall.
    I like shade, trees, and scenery that doesn't include two sweaty dudes making out in the bushes. Yeah. That's the kind of place this is. I have no idea why people love it so much.

    j p completed Pino Trail

    about 2 years ago

    j p completed Bosque Trail

    about 2 years ago

    j p reviewed Paseo del Bosque Trail

    about 2 years ago

    j p reviewed La Luz Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This review is for trail runners.

    First, the pros: If you're training for ultras or any long distance running, La Luz will help with your cardio. It's not an easy trail to run. I run up the trail and then back down. I don't take the tram. I train on this trail...so I don't make it easy. It has beautiful scenery and you'll find plenty of places above 2+ miles for shade or to rest.
    This trail is psychologically difficult: it has many switchbacks of varying lengths and it feels like you'll never get to the top. I don't always finish it...just depends on the day. It's a great trail to push your endurance.
    Cons: For trail running, this trail can be extremely dangerous. I see runners running fast up the first mile or 2 miles, and you can tell they either 1) are about to burn out or 2) are ignorant or arrogant about their skill level. A runner can slide right off the cliff on this trail with ease, especially on the lower switch backs. This is not the trail to test your speed. You're inviting disaster.
    The first mile is a pain in the butt. It's not pretty, and the switch backs climb considerably at the 1 mile mark. It's definitely a good "warm up." Make it to the 1 mile marker switchbacks and then the trail begins to lengthen out. It's not until you're up past 2 miles that the scenery gets interesting. Until then,you're just in the rocks and boulders with no shade. You must get above the 2 mile point before this trail gets good.
    Be prepared, especially on weekends, to be sharing the trail. But the higher up you go, the fewer people. I use that as motivation to get high up on the trail.
    Watch out for the trail markers...they are worn and it's difficult to see the mileage on them. They need to repaint the posts.
    There are trails that cross La Luz...be careful you don't wind up on a different spur and get lost.
    This is not a beginner trail, certainly not for trail running (or hiking). It's amazing that you'll see people hiking this without water...or trail runners carrying a single water bottle. Unfortunately you'll see these people every time because the trail is so popular.
    So take plenty of water (You're going to be exposed on the rock face for a long time before you get to shade), go slow (seriously, people die on this trail), wear the proper shoes, sunscreen,etc. And be careful...you'll meet people at points in the trail where you can barely move out of the way and if you aren't careful you'll fall 100 feet to your agonizing death.
    Dogs aren't much an issue on this trail. I don't think I've ever seen an off leash dog here.
    Also: Rattlesnakes. At the lower altitudes, watch out. Don't run during the morning or evening during the summer times. This goes for all the high desert. I worry about snakes more than bears or cougars.
    Last thing: Fortunately I don't see many children on this trail. It's really not for kids. If you're wanting to get your kids involved in hiking, don't use this trail as motivation. The first mile is steep and nothing but boulders and cacti. It's way too difficult for younger children.

    j p completed La Luz Trail #137

    about 2 years ago

    j p reviewed Armijo Trail and Faulty Trail Loop

    about 2 years ago

    This review is for trail runners.
    First, the parking lot to armijo trial is still closed. Another reviewer covered this and where else to park.

    This trail is one of my favorites for several reasons.
    It's not too long and the elevation is steady. If you want a rather leisure 5 mile run, this is a good trail. It has a good amount of shade and the views atop the ridge are pretty.
    You will see people on this trail, especially on weekends, but it isn't too busy. I think seeing a few people on trails is good because you can check in on whether there are wild animal issues. (This area has seen bear activity lately, especially at the picnic area).
    Cons: You'll be following a horse trail at parts, so watch out for manure. Not a big issue, but just something to know.
    Biggest con: People and their fucking dogs. For some reason, people think THEIR dog is the ONE dog that deserves to be off leash. Even though the entire forest is ON leash. You can tell a lot of the people that let their dogs off leash are locals that live really close by...they have that entitled air to them.
    As a runner, off leash dogs are the worst. If you run this trail on the weekend, you'll most likely encounter an off leash dog and their irresponsible owner.

    Only other con is that some of the forest has been cut (I'm assuming either due to drought or to fire?), and that takes away from some of the scenery.

    I love this trail, I just wish dog owners were more responsible and less defensive about being called out on their b.s.

    j p completed Armijo Trail and Faulty Trail Loop

    about 2 years ago

    j p reviewed Tunnel Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This review is to help trail runners.
    First, the pros:
    I've never met but a few people on this trail, even on weekends. This includes bikes.
    The trails are well marked, so if you want to stick to the loop, you won't have issues.
    The scenery is pretty, and you'll get a few really nice views.
    The elevation is steady...no real tests if you're an ultra runner or training for races, etc. So it's good for a leisurely 5 mile run.
    Cons:
    It's extremely rocky and very loose. You can and will twist your ankle on this course. Because of this, you can't really look ahead of you more than a few feet or else you're going to eat it. This is the main reason why I won't run this trail again...you can injure yourself VERY easily. It is NOT smooth.
    Birdhouse Ridge veers off to the right almost immediately at the trail head. I suggest going that way first as you'll go up hill for appr. 2.4 miles before turning left on the cut off to meet up with Tunnel Canyon. I believe the cut off is called "West Ridge"...but I"M NOT POSITIVE. It's about .3 miles to Tunnel Canyon Trail. Turn left to go back toward the trail head.
    Tunnel Canyon is a flatter trail and descends quickly (assuming you started at Birdhouse). It's pretty fast, although it still has loose rocks. But not as bad as Birdhouse.

    This trail is great to try, and is enjoyable...just beware that it is an ankle twister! I don't recommend it for running.
    (Just as reference as to "fit level", I regularly run La Luz for training...so Tunnel Canyon isn't challenging).

    j p saved Armijo Trail and Faulty Trail Loop

    about 2 years ago

    j p saved Atalaya Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago