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Embudo Canyon Trail to Three Gun Spring Trail

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Sandia Foothills Open Space Park

Embudo Canyon Trail to Three Gun Spring Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,706 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Monika Krzesniak-Swinarska
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Very nice trail. Distance was 3.6 miles one way, 7.2 miles RT.

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baby bubbles
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Beautiful

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Letitia Kinloch
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Note: as someone else has said, the Alltrails GPS map of the trail in the app is incorrect. The trail is longer than the map of it indicates. That shouldn't be a barrier to anyone. While I've been on hikes where the GPS function was really helpful, it's not necessary here. The uppermost section of Embudo is a well-worn single trail without the multiple side paths of some lower sections. I'm not great at estimating distances, but I'm guessing another 1/4 to 1/3 mile more of uphill to get to the junction with the 3-Gun Spring Trail, which is marked with a weathered but obvious post. I love Embudo once you're past that first ugly, wide, heavily trafficked beginning section. The rest is just a lovely, lovely trail. Going through the early tight part of the canyon is quite fun: clambering over rocks, and you can make it as challenging as you want by choosing any of a number of options. The canyon is so narrow there you have no risk of getting far from the main trail. The next sections are just flat-out beautiful although fairly exposed. It's a decent workout but not one of the most challenging trails in the Sandias.

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David Lucas
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baby bubbles
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Beautiful evening hike

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JimBob TB
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Johnny Litt
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Kalena Pinkston
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David Sanchez
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Johnny Litt
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Sara Athey
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Don’t be deterred by the first mile of wide flat trail, at mile 1 the rock climbing starts. Beautiful scenery at the top with views east and south. Was 6.5 miles for me round trip.

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JimBob TB
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Kalena Pinkston
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Brittany Givens
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6 miles out & back of intermediate to difficult terrain- features both desert landscape and green forest. Great views, and pretty exposed most of the way. Definitely some rocks to climb, and easy to end up going the wrong way on those parts as I did quite a few times.

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Liz Georges
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Two false trails I followed... Whoops

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Mariah Galvez
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Dot Wire
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No shade but shade of Canyon in morning was pleasant. Gradual uphill with last mile significantly more steep and more big rocks to go over. Great pano of city and once you got to other side of Canyon the last mile you could see I-40. Slippery at times descending with loose rock. Got off trail (took horse bypas part of way) on way back but bushwhacked back to trail. Got in over 7 miles RT.

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Elisabeth Mazarakis
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Loved the views, pretty exposed most of the way

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Sam Tsosie
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Ryan Thomson
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Great trail to hit in the AM before the heat

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Regina M
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I recommend this trail for people who are looking for a good workout. It has lots of up hill trails which left my legs and core feeling it once I was done. It’s labeled hard because it really is! I wouldn’t recommend it for dogs because of the uphill trails and narrow pathways.

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Lauren Romero
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Very pretty once you get the top. Be VERY careful if you are going to take a dog. There are a few areas that are difficult for you and your pup to walk. There is a very rocky area about 1.5 miles up the trail. Other than that, no complaints!

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Madeline C
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WC Ginn
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Loop hike. Up the more eastern canyon, cross west to Whitewash. Look for south direction trail (trails) down the ridge back to picnic cover. Lots of scramble & cactus. Lots of deer scat, too. These are braided trails, dear trails, no idea trails! But fun.

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Benjamin Gibson
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