La Luz Trail

HARD 243 reviews

La Luz Trail is a 14.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bernalillo, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4268 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

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2 days ago

La Luz exceeded my expectations! I will be back! Met some really nice informative people along the way. A gentleman named Rodger (78yrs old!) said he has been hiking La Luz since he was 18yrs old and has done it over 100 times!

The hike was a bit challenging at times. My energy was spent at about the 4.2 mile mark. I have been on a juice fast 2 weeks prior and lost 17lbs so I was at times a bit sluggish. I did have to rest periodically and took a long break to recover at the 4.2mile mark.

Lots of scenery, saw a bobcat just before the aspens,, but wasn't quick enough with the camera phone.

Highly recommend this hidden jewel, I've lived here 15yrs, barely found out about this trail a few months ago from a friend.

I'll be back with my kids!

--Eric

4 days ago

Awesome trail! Difficult in places, I recommend 3L of water.

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5 days ago

Great fitness and recreational hike in rugged vertical canyons setting. You can R/T this one or return to the TH via tramway and Tram Trail.

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12 days ago

Hiked this trail in August 2015 and loved it. I plan to do it again in the future.

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20 days ago

Hiked up to Whiskey Peak. Totally awesome. From the old La Luz trail make a right turn just before the Thumb. Go straight up the crease, there are several deer trails to follow, so very little bushwhacking required. From the saddle, angle to the southwest and continue up to WP.

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26 days ago

it's a tough trail but worth it.

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27 days ago

Awesome well marked pretty challenging especially coming from lower altitude home bases.