Explore the most popular hiking trails in Sandia Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 hours 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.

We found this trail and Cave by accident. It was a nice surprise. Will defiantly stop by again when we’re in the area again.

2 days 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.

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

great trail definite must do.

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

15 days ago

Great day for la luz!

21 days ago

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

Nice jaunt through the Sandia Foothills.

hiking
22 days 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.

A relaxing jaunt through the foothills.

Great weather and a great hike!

hiking
23 days ago

Should be rated moderate. As it seems to be the case with All Trails, mileage listed is shorter than actual. I recorded something closer to ~7.7 miles. I prefer to go counterclockwise on the loop.

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

27 days 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.

Tough trail but worth it

Great hiking with my 8 year old son and our two dogs. Tons of geocaching in this area!

Fantastic hike, lots of up and down both ways, shady forest almost whole way. Not many views until you reach the ridge, then they are great! Lots of forest, mushrooms, flowers and squirrels. Aspen's just barely starting to turn, a few yellow leaves. Well maintained and clearly marked trail with blue blazes the whole way.

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
1 month ago

Great trail, and very convenient to the city. It’s not for the faint of heart, however. If you move at a brisk pace and don’t take any breaks, 2 hours to the top is doable. From there, it’s about 20 minutes to either the tram or the Crest House, depending on which way you go. The Crest House has great views of the city and eastern New Mexico. And if you’re a daredevil like me, you can climb the communications towers for even better views! I start at 6:00, get to the top by 8:00, tool around on the top for 45 minutes to an hour, and get back down around 11:00. Starting early is the key to success on this trail.

This trail is much more interesting when you follow the previous advice and use the navigation map! We ended up missing half of the trail because we were following the access road instead of the actual trail. We hiked this trail mid week and did not experience the high bike traffic.

trail running
1 month ago

Lots of wild flowers and deer out. Beautiful, well maintained trail.

1 month ago

Good views of ABQ on the way up. My gps tracked nearly 17 miles round trip to the top at the junction of the crest trail. It's a moderately steep climb. I started at 930AM. Got to the top at 12:45PM and ate lunch until around 1. I arrived at the lower parking lot at 415PM. I took a lot of photographs and some small side tours, but no breaks except lunch. Once you reach the so called 5 mile marker, the remainder gets difficult with a lot of granite rock crosses and switchbacks for miles which could be very slippery if wet.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Great views when you get far enough into the forest. Plenty of rain has made this trail very green with wildflowers. The last 3 miles are well shaded so I recommend taking a light jacket. Definitely a hard hike with plenty of rocky spots and uphill areas. Taking the tram back down is worth it. Pack lots of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail for a beginner like myself. Couldn’t find the continuation of trail past the waterfall 樂. Definitely worth it and I’ll try again soon. Plan on going during the spring runoff should be a better experience for the waterfall.Hiking boots recommend

hiking
1 month 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.

Small trickle of water. Perfect to attach a baby on you and walk to the falls and back. Wouldn’t go further then that with a baby. Saw lots of dogs. First hike I’ve done here since I moved from California. Reminded me a of Ojai and a little bit of home. Would like to know when the falls have more water.

Good trail, lots of options of where to go. I enjoyed getting up in elevation as you had shade and trees.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this little hike. I didn’t complete the whole thing because twice I got off the main trail because it was unclear where the real trail was. My phone was dying so I was trying to use the app as little as possible but if I had a fully charged phone, it would have been easy to navigate. A beautiful trail with lots of wild flowers. Maybe I didn’t go far enough but I don’t understand the hard rating for difficulty. It was rocky in places but down hill to start with. Some of the side trails coming off the road are actually better because you don’t have to contend with the rocks. The trees are much denser though. July/August there are almost always late afternoon thunder storms so you might want to take that into account when planning. I’ve been in lightning storms twice in the Sandias and they’re pretty scary. I love September/early October in the Sandias. The aspens are turning yellow, the weather is cool and you just might catch the ski lift open that goes to the top of the crest to look out over ABQ. Only $3 to ride.

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