La Luz Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Very icy and dangerous in some areas but we still managed to get to the top. An extremely beautiful and gratifying hike.
Very long stretch of rock slide. When I say long, I mean LONG. It's beautiful and very rewarding.
Tough but great hike.