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.
For the first mile to a mile and half there isn't much shade so I would suggest getting started early. After that you will run into a stream and tree coverage. You will follow the stream but it does split so be sure to stay to the right. I would suggest following the trail according to this app. The hike isn't too long but there is a lot bolder of climbing. Once you get directly below the tram you will see the wreckage. It's a difficult hike but well worth it.
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.