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Embudito Canyon Loop is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,204 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Vanessa vesperman
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Hiking

I went counter clockwise. It was a nice climb up and a pretty easy return through the canyon. The connection between the two was a little tough to find.

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KW Andreason
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Hiking

Beautiful shady walk with denser flora up the creek floor. Counter clockwise loop. Counter clockwise loop my preference. Nice views up top and more trail going south in the trees if preferred.

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Dan Shaffer
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Embudito Trail #192 (going clockwise) hugs the south facing unshaded rocky hillside. Gets steeper after a mile, then 2 miles (2 hours at moderate pace) from trail head you reach the high point where there is a shady spot with big boulders, overlooking a valley ahead with South Sandia Peak in full glory ahead. Ideal for a picnic, nap and loop back in the stream bed. We walked another half hour towards Oso Pass on #192 and found some of the densest forested shade in the Sandias. Magnificent! We did not take the loop back in the stream bed. From above there appear to be rough spots but also lots of sandy wash open trail. Many birds en route.

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Jessica Gaskamp
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Hiking

Fun trail! Only had enough time to do 2.5 of it. Took a shortcut a little over a mile in to loop back on a different path. Very pretty! Will come back again when the sun isn’t as strong (1pm).

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Tarek Sarieddine
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Maureen Carroll
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Hiking

Great day to be out. Cool morning and sunshine after this weeks rain and cold. Busy but not too bad, parking lot full and side streets 1-2 blocks away. They must have been on bike trails.

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Jeremy White
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Hiking

Beautiful open spaces with lots of birds and other small wildlife. Make sure you take your water… And snacks because you’ll want to stay out there a while.

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Charlie Finley
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Easy to follow

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Jordan Barillas
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Joe Brutto
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Nicole Achenbach
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Counterclockwise was better for us, some scrambling in the first mile and a bit slippery on the way down. Was very pleased to have the app as the trail is hard to find in some areas. Fairly crowded on a Sunday, but parking is open in the neighborhood outside of the lot. Fairly shaded for the middle 2 miles, no bugs in the morning.

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Mel Mo
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Mel Mo
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Andra Beatty
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Definitely have the app or GPS open for this trail. I got off the trail a few times and had to find my way back. There are a lot of switchbacks, and a lot of places where the trail seems to end or go in two separate directions. I went clockwise and enjoyed myself. The way up was much more open, with a steady incline and a few places where I had to climb. At the top the foliage is more lush and shaded. The way down was a lot of smooth rocks that I had to slide or jump down. Super fun! If going in the evening I’d recommend going counter clockwise so you don’t get lost in the dark. The trail wasn’t marked very well, especially on the way down. Beautiful and moderate to difficult!

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Mel Mo
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Adrian A
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Not very well marked. Easily could have gotten lost several times if I didn't have the app. Counter clockwise is the way to go because there is a lot of rock scrambling going up and the way down is slow and gentle. Parking lot closes at 9pm April-October; 7pm November-March. I was close to being locked in so I jogged most of the way down. It looks like it has an automatic gate so there might not be anyone to let you out if you are too late.

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Carolyn Kincade
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Hiking

Great trail, well marked, the first half had no cover, so go early.

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Steve Hartig
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Went on a Tuesday and left around 730 am going clockwise with our dog. Very nice hike. As others have said at times the trail is a little tricky but app did great. Only item was a bit of sun in the face for part of the hike up. Took us about three hours with a few stops along the way. Probably 2:30 just hiking.

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Chris Loeckel
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Hiked the loop counterclockwise this afternoon (shade on vast majority of the trail). Agree with the reviewers who have said that it's better hiked in that direction. At least for me, I would rather scramble up than scramble down the rocks that are during the first mile or so. The trail is not well maintained in a few places but it's usually easy to follow, especially with this app and GPS. There are some amazing views about 2.5 miles in. Everyone I met on the trail was super friendly. I thought the "moderate" rating was fairly accurate, but YMMV. This hike for me was just under 3 hours. I stopped to take pictures in a few places but I don't think I could have done this in 2:23 in any case. Would hike it again -- highly recommended, especially for the views. Forgot to record this! :/

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Nick Swindle
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Hiking

My favorite of the open area...lollipop trail that has you walk along the canyon floor then you come out along a well tracked path about half way up the wall.

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Sandra Sanchez
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Hiking

Only one person had a mask on FYI.

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Xiaohan Wang
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It’s not very friendly for new hikers like me. We did this trail in clockwise and the outbound is quite rocky and overgrown. Some part you may need to climb a bit. It took me and my wife 3:30 to finish the whole trail. We have seen lots of lizards and few rattlesnake along the way so be careful and not disturb them :) Compared with the few trails we took in Santa Fe this one is not well marked so we mostly followed the app to stay on the way. Also the mask rate is low here maybe due to the hot weather.

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Minja Nim
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

I love this trail. I’d recommend going up clockwise so it’ll be easier to find your way down through overgrown lush green and rocky. It’s beautiful on the way down through those lush green rocky part. Don’t forget to look up on the way down to see the beautiful rock formation. Bring lots of water. I went through 2.5 litter of water.

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