Domingo Baca Trail #230 is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,543 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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historic site

This hike starts out in a desert open space environment (no shade) and changes into the lush greenery and streams in the Sandia Mountains. Starting at the Domingo Baca trail, you can continue along this route to the site of the wreckage of a TWA flight which crashed in 1955 high in the mountains. Note that the trail after the crash site is very difficult and steep with lots of scree and loose dirt in many places.

recorded Domingo Baca Trail #230

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fee
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over grown
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

The hike to the TWA crash site isn’t too tough, some scrambling, but after the crash the trail becomes hard to follow and the hiking becomes more technical and rocky. Fun, but hard hike that’s easy to get lost on.

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10 days ago

Saw a rattlesnack and had to turn around 3 miles in. Not todaaaaaayyyy nuh uh

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

Beautiful trail for New Mexico. There was a small stream of water throughout the trail and most of the trail was shaded. The elevation gain made it quite difficult and there was an area right before getting to the plane crash sight you have to climb some huge rocks.The crash sight was pretty cool to see but coming down the trail was a little scary because of how steep it was. Challenging but very pretty.

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rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Fun to be in the canyon and the TWA wreck is interesting, but very crowded on the weekends and I couldn’t figure out how to do the rocky scramble at the end! Very hot approach and finish so bring lots of water

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rocky
17 days ago

Hike this yesterday & it was hard but enjoyed every minute of it... I was abit embarrassed that it took me 6hrs & 15 mins but got to say when I looked at the est time which is 5hr 37min ... I’m not so embarrassed now!!! But I definitely enjoyed it!

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rocky
scramble
21 days ago

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bugs
rocky
22 days ago

Very nice hike lovely view. On the other hand it is a bit on the difficult side but worth it in the end.

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24 days ago

Lots of shade. So beautiful. Haunting to see the plane wreck. If you keep going up, you’ll see more and more of the wreck. A really good work out. I’m pretty out of shape and the whole trail took me about 5 hours. I brought my filter water bottle and was able to fill up on the stream a few times.

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25 days ago

This is a HARD trail past the plane wreck. Honestly, it isn’t worth it. It gets really steep, altitude kicks in, and the trail isn’t well defined. The trail is beautiful up until the wreckage; only 2 stars past it. Although, the higher you go, the better the views

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bugs
26 days ago

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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Went up yesterday. The snow all the way up to the la luz trail connection is gone. There is now spray painted arrows on the rocks showing which way to go at an area where it was previously easy to take the wrong route, making the trail easier to navigate early on. I also didn't encounter the large boulder, so maybe that route has changed or the previous path to that is blocked now? Later on, passed the plane wreckage there is a lot of loose rocks and a steep incline, so you have to use your hands to climb up some of them, so make sure you bring gloves because there is also many thorn bushes.

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
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snow
1 month ago

Great hike. The trail is well marked and normally easy to follow. I used All Trails a couple times. The last quarter mile is extra difficult. Snow and ice made for a slippery extra rugged go. Coming down was worse.

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1 month ago

Little bit of snow towards the top. Challenging trail but always a good one. Gets warm once you’re out of the trees.

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rocky
1 month ago

take the dog out it's nice trail beautiful scenery

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