La Luz Trail

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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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1 day ago

I just started to really get into hiking this year, so I consider myself a beginner. This is by far the hardest trail I have completed so far. I felt good the first 5 miles, The last 3 miles were very hard. La Luz Trail is no joke. Throughout the whole trail there is amazing views. La Luz Trail is for sure an accomplishment for a beginning hiker.

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8 days ago

Best hike I've ever done. Amazing views throughout. Challenging as hell but worth it

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8 days ago

Definitely strenuous. You will hate switch back by then end of it. But over all, so worth it for the sights and bragging rights! Did the half mile to the Crest house- that killed me. after 6 hours of hard hiking, that last half mile was ugly.

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30 days ago

Pretty trail through the woods, very nice and shady. No boulders to climb over on the part we did. Winding rolling with a gradual incline in areas.

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1 month ago

There is some seriously gorgeous country all along this trail. Looking at the mountain from the city you don't really get any idea of just what kind of beauty lies on its slopes. I was glad I brought plenty of water and a pack of dark chocolate covered almonds, This was a beast of a hike! Each time I felt my energy wane I ate a handful of chocolate and pressed on. It was a wonderful hike but I have to admit, by the end I just wanted it to be over!

1 month ago

Scenic views like nowhere else! One of favorite in the Sandias. I like to hike up and take the tram back down. It is very exposed for the first couple miles .... I would not recommend hiking it midsummer unless you are acclimated to the high desert and bring plenty of water. The rock slides at the top were fun and challenging to cross.

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