Hawkwatch Trail is a 9 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,238 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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

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27 days ago

Nice trail, not well marked where needed, steep at some points with lose gravel for footing

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1 month ago

This is a very pretty hike but once you get passed 2.5 miles, it gets brutal. Its very steep but its very beautiful at the top. It tool about 4 hours to hike in and out.

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8 months ago

Enjoyed this hike/trail running. First couple miles were intense but definitely worth it.

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Tue Mar 05 2019

Fun little trail with nice views in the area. There is a huge change in elevation, but fun.

Sun Sep 16 2018

A well maintained and marked trail. Definitely a moderate trail. It gets your heart rate up.

Sun Aug 19 2018

Really nice trail, climbed my own trail for a bit before realizing the trail went the same way. Love the boulder outcrop 2.5 mikes in, great view

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Sun May 06 2018

This is a moderately challenging little hike. The 9 mike version would involve some serious slide risk, particularly on the return hike. Unless you are an experienced hiker, skip it. For good training and great views, hike to the second rock outcropping, enjoy the view, turn around, and hit a local brewery. You earned it. And, yes, you are likely to see hawks soaring in the thermals.

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Sun Nov 26 2017

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Wed Jun 14 2017

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.

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Wed Jun 14 2017

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.

Fri Apr 28 2017

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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Mon May 27 2019

recorded Hawkwatch Trail

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