Cienega Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Cienega Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1735 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

forest

river

wildlife

rocky

hiking
22 days ago

Hard to believe this trail is moderate! I think we need more classification levels because the difference between this trail and some others (also moderate) is night and day. I know it's not quite hard but it's on the high end of moderate! Still, the view at the top makes it worth it.

28 days ago

Good shade, not much of a view

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2 months ago

Hiked up Pino, then down Cienega. Trail is gully washed downhill for about half of it. Quite a few downed trees on trail. Lots of dead upright and downed trees in Cienega canyon. Road was closed to upper trailhead, and had to hike around a bit before finding our ride. Pretty area, I'm sure it's nice when the stream is going and not so dry, but overall area needs thinning, and trail needs some maintenance work done.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

In the dense trees and bushes most of the way. Not a fan.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Actually started at the Cienega Trailhead and went South along the Faulty Trail. Turned and went West up the mountain along the Canconcito Trail which was definitely a good workout up to the South Crest Trail. Hiked North along the South Crest until we met up with the top of the Cienega Trail and headed down back to the trailhead. Overall about 9.4 miles and a great, scenic hike with a great combination of easy to moderate but definitely a kick in the pants heading up AND down.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Trailhead was a bit difficult to find for my first time hiking it. I was fooled by the "Cienega Nature Trail", but quickly realized it and corrected my course. It's apparent that it isn't as heavily trafficked as the west trails (La Luz, Pino, Embudito, etc) but still a fun hike. Leads to intersection of South Crest and Pino trails at the top.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

recorded Armijo/Cienega Trail -

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Sunday, June 01, 2014