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Agua Sarca #231 and North Crest #130 Trail Loop

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Sandia Mountain Wilderness

Agua Sarca #231 and North Crest #130 Trail Loop is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Placitas, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 2,811 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Forest Views Wildlife
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Benjamin Gibson
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HikingOver grownRocky

The road to the trailhead was improved in 2020, so you can now get to the trailhead with any vehicle. Agua Sarca trail is a real calf burner; there are 2 miles where you gain over 1000 feet per mile and it's steep enough to where you're on the balls of your feet most of the time. The Penasco Blanca trail on the return part of the loop is overgrown and it's possible to lose the trail in places. The Del Orno trail, which leads up from the Tunnel Spring Trailhead, is very rocky which makes it a tough descent on the joints. Maybe worth adding some extra distance to avoid this bit and finish the loop via the North Crest Trail.

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Clare castiglia
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Tough steep walk down Wonderful vistas

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Rose Martinez
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tough trail, but beautiful!

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Jessica Martinez
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Alfred Baughman
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Scott Rubeo
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J M
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Don Hambrick
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Rick Foster
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Nathan Murray
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Logan Adams
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Tim Schvaneveldt
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Tim Schvaneveldt
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Tim Schvaneveldt
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