Hawkwatch Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Hawkwatch Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, 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.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3179 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Climb to a rocky outcrop. Optionally continue on unmarked trail to the lower crest of the sandias with great views on both sides.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

Just finished. took about 4 hours and 9.2 miles according to my fitbit. spectacular views and multiple biomes are along the way, well worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Hikers be warned: Hawkwatch Trail itself does NOT connect to South Crest Trail as this GPS-tracked map shows. This map entails some serious off-roading up a steep climb with loose gravel (and plenty of cactus) underfoot - can be fun, but can also be dangerous and stupid. I learned from locals afterwards that stranded hikers occasionally need to be rescued via helicopter after attempting to continue up the mountain. There is also no marked end to Hawkwatch Trail - it just gradually disappears. And as another reviewer notes, there are off-shoots and runoffs that mimic the trail and can be confusing. My buddy and I lost the trail twice on the way back down.

Otherwise, it's a nice hike, although the altitude and full sun / no shade was brutal for this East Coaster.

7 months ago

Moderate difficulty. Actually about 4 miles in and out - not 9. Took about 2 hours and that included photo ops and rest breaks as we acclimated to the altitude ( just arrived from East coast). There are some off -shoot trails and runoff areas that mimic trail so pay attention! Great views the whole way up and down. Worth the climb!

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1 month ago

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3 months ago

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Friday, August 26, 2016

trail running
Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Saturday, May 28, 2016