Hawkwatch Trail

MODERATE 9 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.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3267 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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
12 days 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
12 days 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.

1 month 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!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

walking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016