La Luz Trail

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La Luz Trail is a 14.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4110 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

This trail at the north end of the Sandias goes from the base of the mountain to the peak at 10,678'. Beautiful views of the Albuquerque valley to the west. Trail starts at around 6500' in elevation and is fairly easy walking. Eventually getting steeper with switchbacks and altitude starts to affect you. It doesn't help to rest. Keep moving even at a slow pace. A steady pace will get you to the top in about 3-4 hours. If you dawdle it will take you longer. My druthers is to park a vehicle at the base of Sandia Tram, drive a second vehicle to the La Luz Trailhead, walk up, have lunch at the top and ride the tram down. You could also ride the tram up first and then walk down, or do a shorter hike from the top or the bottom. If you do the whole hike, make sure to bring plenty of water.

7 days ago

7 days ago

Great trail. make sure you pay to park at the trailhead or youll get an 80 dollar ticket.

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8 days ago

This trail was awesome! The views were phenomenal. It starts out pretty easy to moderate and continues to get more challenging as you get higher into the Sandia's. We left a car at the Trailhead and a car at the Sandia Tram - so we hiked up and took the tram down. That was a great decision as we were all very tired! Also hiked mid-May and there was a little snow left, but it was slushy and totally do-able.

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10 days ago

It was one of the best trails I have been on. We decided to park at the end of the trail and get an Uber to the Tram. We rode the Tram up (awesome views) and then hiked it down. It offered some really GREAT views. Coming from the East Coast - it was absolutely breathtaking. At the beginning of May, there were some pretty treacherous snow patches along the first 2.8 miles of the hike down. I recommend wearing ankle high boots, sturdy with good tread. The temperatures at the top were cool and as we hiked down, became warmer. I had planned for the temperature differences and had spandex shorts under spandex leggings and a tank top under a long sleeve shirt. Make sure you bring a lot of water too.

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1 month ago

great vista views. Difficult trail up and road the tram down.

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1 month ago

We made it to the point where there would only be 2.8 miles left and there was still a lot of snow. I recommend waiting till summer if you plan on going to the highest point. Still gorgeous the whole hike.

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fun trail

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