Domingo Baca Trail #230 is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.
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.
Not sure what all the hype is about...
-It's always nice to see a little water in New Mexico, and it is just that, a little.
-The slice of history at the plane wreckage was something you don't see everyday. That was pretty fascinating.
-It's a slow developing trail. You put in a lot of work for a small reward.
-For the amount of time invested, you can find far more beautiful trails.
Definitely give it a shot. But don't be surprised if you find yourself saying, "Eh, checked that box".
Steep and fun! Wear good hiking shoes!
This trail is one of my favorites close to town trails. A large part of the trail runs next to a small stream (which in New Mexico is a big deal), and there are rocks to climb on! Pretty warm if you start midday, definitely a good early morning hike.
Very difficult but we'll worth it!
it was an amazing hike!!
The first mile is relatively flat, hot and dry. Once the trail heads up into the canyon, the scenery changes for the better. The trail follows a stream most of the way and the forrest provides adequate shade. This is my absolute favorite trail in the Sandias.
Gorgeous hike to a sobering site. Please be respectful.
Definitely glad for the cool weather to do this in. After the second dotted line Domingo Baca Route this starts to get tough, at the crash site it starts to get hard, past it seems impossible and getting to La Luz was an adventure. Use the waypoints on the app to find the crash site, they are accurate. Bring extra protein bars and think about multiple 10-15 min breaks then 5 min burst if you want to complete this to La Luz. The streams provided plenty of water for the dogs throughout.
As for the boulder with the rope near the tram lines - don't get fixated on the rope. I was able to get two 70 pound dogs up and down that spot because I didn't use the rope, instead of grabbing it, I just took my time on the approach to the right, then up over the two large 'steps', one to the right, one to the left of where the rope comes down. I saw people struggling up the rope and other people just climbing around it. Be creative on that part, because eventually that rope will break.
Can't wait to do it again - after my legs recover.
Great hike. Very similar to Pino trail