Looking for a great trail in Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park, New Mexico? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park ranging from 1.3 to 3.3 miles and from 6,407 to 7,073 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Super easy trail with great views! Only went in about a mile due to lots of snow and wind, but it's definitely worth revisiting.

hiking
15 days ago

Went 7.2 miles round trip. Too much snow for this old gal to go to the top today. Another day

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rocky
snow
15 days ago

16 days ago

Trail condition 7 out of ten , go early while the trail is more solid

Really liked the trail that broke off to the left of this trail up by wood fencing. It looked around and went back to the car. Some big boulders. Muddy with some snow and snow melt in January.

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snow
23 days ago

Hiked on Wed 1/23/19. You can follow or imagine and make the trail all the way to the crest. Did it in traction devices and gaiters but I wanted snow shoes at times after the 3.0 mile mark and definitely in the last series of switchbacks through the forest. At the crest the trail was 2 feet deep in snow with the drifts just off the trail 3-4 feet deep. What was that about snow shoes? On the return the wind had blown the snow such that my foot (or hole) prints were completely erased at some open crossings. Great view/picnic/turnaround spots just off the trail at the 2.5-2.6 and 3.0 mile points.

1 month ago

What a great day to do some snow hiking! The trail was packed down and clear to find. It’s amazing how people find the trail in snow and mark it for others. We didn’t make it to the top. We went 3/4s of the way and turned around. But some people said it was icy and steep towards the top. Give it a few more sunny days and parts of the trail will be muddy. I want to give the trail another try!

Beautiful trail just outside of Albuquerque!

We had a great hike with kids during sunset. The views to the mountains are amazing from this trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful views. Some parts are very icy and slippery. So be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

Explored the trail after the TWA crash site. I’ve done this three times and have never gone the same way. There are many blind paths and rock slides that lead to rock walls. But I’ve always managed to find my way to La Luz. The easiest ways stick closest to the trail shown on All Trails.

See recording from today for waypoints and also one from Nov 1 for waypoints and trail options below the crash site.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

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3 months 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.

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.

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3 months 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.

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3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

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

Perfect area for a morning walk. Arrived at 7:30 out by 9:15.

5 months ago

Very nice n lots of shade in the early am

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.

Trail’s well maintained. There’s lots of varied terrain on this hike. Lots of shaded areas as well,
A great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike with good views. I'd say it's more of an easy than a moderate hike. A section of it is paved, but most of it is just dirt. My only issue is the amount of bike traffic that runs along the 341 stretch.

5 months 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.

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