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Eye Of The Sandias Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,295 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Views Bugs Rocky No shade
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David Sanchez
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Thomas W
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Alyssa Todd
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Eric Kolste
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Difficult hike. Bring a map. Follow Apple Maps to arrive at location. Google maps is incorrect!

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Elisabeth Mazarakis
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Loved it! Hiked it starting out on the south end and had beautiful views the entire hike up. Definitely recommend

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Bart Rice
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Very poorly marked trail as many others have mentioned. Went clockwise from the Copper trailhead and when I got to the top (boulders) couldn’t find the trail, even with this app. I’ll go back and see where I got off track. But I will complete it. Gains altitude pretty quickly, and parts of trail are sketchy at best. Not a trail for someone who’s out of shape or isn’t used to the loose trail conditions.

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Caleb Fronk
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HikingGreat!No shade

Trial can be hard to follow if it is your first time. You have to look ahead and try and connect the dots of where the trail is. Fun hike with some amazing views.

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Johnny Litt
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The back half of the loop (going south?) was difficult to navigate for me. There are way too many trails that are not really trails. I spent an extra 45 minutes to an hour back tracking. if you are familiar with the trail, then I am sure it will be no problem - you can see on my recording how off I was. Since it was my first time it got frustrating. Other than that, it was a fun, strenuous hike. There are a few places on the way up that require some scrambling over boulders, but if this overweight guy can do it, you probably can, too.

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Krisna Chongsiriwatana
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Krisna Chongsiriwatana
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Quite nice.

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Rebecca Nichols
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Didn’t take the trail up to the eye. Went to the left, behind the tree at midway & over to the north & back down. Great hike, 500 ft incline higher than the eye.

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Tamara Aragon
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HikingNo shade

Great trail and great views of both sides of the mountain. There is a bit of rock scrambling at the top that connects the loop but I found it fun. One of my favorites although I wish it had more shade.

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Jessica Wolf
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This trail had great views if you’re up for a hard hike. No shade at all. Very rocky and uphill almost all of the way. We got halfway and hit a ton of rocks. The trail disappeared and there was nowhere to go. We turned around and went back down. We went right before sunset. At the top it was absolutely beautiful. If you decide to go wear good shoes and bring lots of water. Be prepared for steep rock climbing and rocky slippery trails.

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Drew Stephens
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Great views of Albuquerque from the top. To hike this loop specifically takes a bit of attention to the map as there are lots of other trails that could lead you astray. This was my first hike in the area and definitely not disappointed!

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Justin Cassin
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Great hike to challenge yourself. The extra .4 miles in the middle of the trail is definitely worth the view. Thanks Kevin for hiking such a tough yet short trail. We started on the trail northeast and ended on trail southwest. Worth every minute of it.

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Greg Garfinkel
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Great hike , shorter but quite nice if you are trying to get acustkmed to the elevation. I drove from Florida so this was a nice entry. The last bit of the hike to the peaks can be rather technical.

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Rob Short
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Great hike! Some parts can be pretty sketch, particularly north side of the loop.

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Meredith Venhaus
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Hard trail. Turned around after I made it to the eye. Got lost on the way down but found my way shortly after

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Lore Q
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Very steep trail... beautiful views.. had to turn around because I lost the way (it was too steep and rocky to continue with Dogs)

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