Domingo Baca Trail #230

HARD 214 reviews

Domingo Baca Trail #230 is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, 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
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,569 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

3 days ago

Worth the trek. Navigation gets tricky after Domingo baca trail as you head towards the TWA crash site. Highly recommend to keep an eye on waypoints.

25 days ago

Steep. B’cse of poorly marked trail in early miles, general recommendation is ‘bear right.’ The trail is good.

28 days ago

Back open

trail running
1 month ago

**CLOSED All wilderness areas (trails to the peaks)** because of drought and fear of wildfires. Shorter trails in the immediate area are open. Beautiful area, will be back for the peak. Call to figure out when they re-open

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful, challenging trail. I started at the Pino Trailhead to get to the Domingo Baca Trailhead, which adds about .5 to the 7.7 mile trail. Starts with a desert landscape, slightly scaling to overlook Albuquerque then into very rocky terrain at the base, into shady, wooded terrain. It gets more challenging after the first mile. If you’re not acclimated to the already 6000’ city of Albuquerque, then this will be very challenging (I just got here a few days ago and had to go much slower than my usual pace). You climb about 1000’ in the first 2.5 miles. I only made it 4 miles in, and will go back as I am more acclimated. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and challenging trail. The last half up to the TWA site has significant altitude gain. You should be in good condition, especially if you don't live at mile high altitude. The plane wreckage is historic and creates a bit of a melancholy vibe, which adds a unique aspect to the hike.When I did this hike two years ago I tried to keep up with a group 25+ years younger than me as they raced down the trail. I wound up with a torn meniscus and knee surgery! Not likely to happen to you (I hope), but that's probably what stopped me from clicking 5 stars.

2 months ago

worth checking out. and if u like going off trail and really feeling some altitude its a few miles to la luz and right up to the tram. be prepared to deal with lots of foliage and some steep includes that can have loose rocks. my favorite part of this trail was the memorial for those who died in the crash very peaceful.

hiking
3 months ago

awesome trail! If you like a good challenge this one will do it for you towards the end. The crash site is epic and makes you think about life. It almost goes to la luz. It tough to tell where it goes at times but I ended up going off trail at the end to hit the tram awesome exercise

hiking
4 months ago

Stellar hike on Watermelon Mountain. Do it.

backpacking
5 months ago

A truly challenging hike, not for the faint of heart! Great path to the 1955 Plane Wreckage memorial. Be aware that it can be a bit difficult to distinguish the trail at times.

5 months ago

Great hike! The high altitude makes the last bit of it difficult but it’s worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a challenging but rewarding hike! A lot of climbing and steep elevation near the crash site, but worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful/ beautiful hike, very steep towards the end of the hike. Continuing past the crash site will take you to the top of the La Luz. Would highly recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

This was hands down one of my favorite hikes that I have done in the Albuquerque area. The hike is challenging, but you feel so rewarded when completed. Looking up above and seeing the Tram was really surreal! The TWA plane crash stretches up the mountain at the end of the hike for quite a ways...It is very sad, but also very interesting. Take lots of snacks and water!

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike with beautiful scenery but definitely challenging. There are a lot of vertical and rocky climbs where the trail is moderately technical and just plain rough. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for the extra energy to finish!

7 months ago

Hammer time with a memorable finish. This trail has a great mix of open space, foothills, tight woodsy sections, great views and incredible location. It's an odd hike in that you never really summit anything but still get a solid hike. I kept a solid pace and I think it took me about 2 hours to reach the TWA crash. For reference, the memorial is just below the tram cables.

hiking
7 months ago

A challenging hike up to the TWA wreckage. Lots of water in the stream with some ice. Definitely cold in the shade, so bundle up if you are hiking in wintertime!

hiking
8 months ago

An easy start followed by increasingly narrow and difficult terrain, but worth the effort for the view and lack of congestion.

9 months ago

Beautiful views, follows a ravine, well shaded in the forest. The first few miles are a slow descent but quickly turns into a steep scramble during the last half mile.

hiking
10 months ago

great hike, but can be difficult to stay on the trail as it is not that well marked in some spots.

10 months ago

excellent condition, not too many people on the trail today. ......but non the less perfect!hiked it nonstop

hiking
11 months ago

I did this trail alone and was able to find the crash site. However, I would not recommend doing this alone if you don't have a map or gps device as the trail gets difficult to follow towards the top. The trail gets steep but the climb is worth it!

11 months ago

This is a tough trail to follow. there are many spur trail that go for 100s of yard and then end. Best to attempt this with someone that knows the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

My son and I hiked this trail yesterday and it was amazing. However, this being our first hike of the year, many years actually, it was physically brutal. I would suggest a little conditioning before attempting this one. Still, no regrets. A great and humbling hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Not for the faint of heart.......
The terrain is steep and the granite can be very slick. The trail dead ends several thousand feet past the TWA wreckage site.
The trail starts out very easy, but becomes technical when you reach the stream bed. The trail leading up to the crash site is steep and covered by dense vegetation.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Had a great time with my boys. Tough trail but well worth the views and time together.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Long hike. Needs to prepare and start early. Fun for my first hike with my boys.

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

This trail definitely deserves the hard rating, but the views, even without the wreckage, are absolutely worth it. The wreck was very surreal and interesting. We took lots of water and snack breaks and made a day out of it.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hiked to Sandia Tram Tower 2. The hike to the dome from the lower stream bed is basically straight up to the north, winding in and around the cactus and rocks, very doable. Once you are near the dome angle up to the right, you will make the final approach to the top from the second crease on the east side of the dome.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It is a awesome trial for 10+ages

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