Ellis Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain754 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
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Derek Lafon
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App doesn't work that well in the winter cold. It seems to be having difficulty accurately tracking pace.

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Melissa Grant
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Michael McMurphy
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Excellent winter trail!

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Dale Biondi
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Dale Biondi
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Elizabeth Cox
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Roman Varela
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Alexander Marx
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Hiked north on Ellis from the parking lot. Gentle up and down and fairly easy. Some nice views along the way and wildlife sightings. Connected to the North Crest Trail after Ellis ended and did Del Agua Overlook and North Sandia Crest. Hiked all the way to Sandia Crest on North Crest Trail and then back to Ellis Trailhead along the road going down. Gorgeous and totally worth the diversion!!

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Minja Nim
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Tried 1 mile in and came back out because I didn’t have the proper snow boots to tackle the snow covered trail. I’ll try it again at a later month.

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Lindsay Fox
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Amanda Vigil
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Variation of open space and narrow trail. One of the most beautiful sites in October. Moderately rocky. Steep inclines are spread out. The end of the trail is not very clear and it merges with the crest trail. Great hike for dogs.

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Holly Baldwin
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Fun lollipop trail combo. Forgot to record first mile/half hour. Super lazy return, many stops. Pleasant meandering through aspens and fields. Breathtaking vistas near the end of Ellis and at a couple places on the North Crest trail. A perfect half-day hike.

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Katie Tapper
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beautiful

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Jenny Snedeker
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Rolling hills, but mainly downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back. Save your energy for the 2nd half of the trail.

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Ben Silva
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park 6 times around?

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Ellen Richards
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Nice parking and a bathroom at the trailhead. We snowshoed and it was beautiful. Rolling hills so not consistently up or downhill for long stretches made it a nice place to snowshoe. Deep snow on 1/20/2019.

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Parya Nickbeen
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We did it last Sunday! It's become one of my favorites!

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Beth Mitchell
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The trail was beautiful but a little more sun than I like.

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Israel Chávez
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Great hike! Great views. Downhill so conserve your energy for the way back!

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Israel Chávez
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Down hill trail. Great views. Conserve your energy for the hike back.

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Alex Burns
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Went the wrong way to start, but found the Rocky Point trail, which was lovely and shady. The Ellis Trail is basically a fairly open rocky trail with lots of ups and downs. As we were in the heat of the day we stopped after about a mile and a half and came back.

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Amos Zimmermann
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Very beautiful trail with grass and flowers. The north-facing view at the end was great. We came back via the north crest trail giving us some shade and some westward views. We had to hike on the road for about 1/3 mike to get back to our car. Total distance doing this route was 6.7 miles.

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Josué Urrutia
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it's cool to know the history of this trail. lots of trees, a couple of good views. leads to the del agua overlook.

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Rachael Whitehead
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The view at the end of this hike is incredible. it is mostly downhill on the way there but uphill on the way back. took us about 3 hours with a 30 minute break at the end of the trail.

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Nick Moes
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The really outstanding views are blocked by trees for the majority of the hike, but if you can make it to the end of the trail, I guarantee you will be rewarded :)

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