Michial M. Emery Bear Canyon Trail

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Michial M. Emery Bear Canyon Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
334 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


2 days ago

easy and good trail for even first day

2 months ago

Overall a nice easy trail if you're looking for something short. Zero shade, so go early or in cooler seasons/weather. I hit the trail about 10 after my morning run so it was already getting a bit hot even though it was a slightly cloudy day.

Lots of bike traffic so be mindful & remember your trail etiquette! Signs may say for bikers to yield but reality is that it's a lot easier for a hiker to stop than a cyclist. Give them some space & take the time to snap some photos or just enjoy the view.

Trail is very smooth throughout but there are a lot of intersecting trails so pay attention and/or watch your map! Beautiful views of the mountains and the city!

3 months ago

A chill loop, nice to do around sunset. Lots of mountain bikers so watch out!

4 months ago

Nice easy hike. If you want to avoid the bikers I recommend taking the side trails. Very pleasant overall.

5 months ago

Very nice hike. Easy and relaxing.

5 months ago

This should be designated as a bicycle trail as the number of cyclists greatly outnumber hikers, at least midday on a Sunday. It's hard to hike when you have to get off the trail every minute or two to let bikers (who ignore the signs that say bikers yield to hikers) pass. This was our first time on the trail and had a difficult time following the map because the trails are not well-marked. There are a few places where two or three trails branch off and there are no signs telling which is the one you want. The map and signs are great if you know where you're going already, but not helpful for a first timer. The scenery is nice but it's not an enjoyable hiking experience.

6 months ago

It’s not so nice during the winter when everything around is brown.

6 months ago

More like a walk than a hike but very enjoyable

7 months ago

Well maintained, but a very popular trail. Everyone there was nice and the mountain bikers were well behaved for trail sharing. However, pet owners either don't pick up poop, or they bag it then leave the bags along the trail. We saw at least 10 bags of crap.

8 months ago

Nice scenery but way too many bikers. I went out on this loop with my dog. Nice views of the foothills and of ABQ the other way. But I am not exaggerating that at least 10 bikers passed us by. None of he mused any bells, some yelled out when they were close. So I was constantly moving off Trail and trying to pull my dog out of the way. This might be a nice hike to take a visitor on because it’s pretty easy and not much elevation gain. But for myself I doubt I’ll do it again.

11 months ago

had a good time. there are several other trails that intermingled with this one so it was cool to take different paths.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nice family and dog family trail!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I live in the neighborhood that backs up to this beautiful space. Easy trail, well traveled, lots of mountain bikers.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Nice trail with easy access. Takes you to the base of the foothills with some good views of the Sandias and the city. Definitely go in the morning or evening as their isn't much shade. Kid-friendly, bike friendly, and great for a nice long walk!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

This was a nice hike. It is in a nice residential area of the city, but it goes very close to the Sandias, so there are some great photo ops. The plant life is pretty fascinating, with lots of species of cacti and wild flowers. We also saw a road runner and some bird-body moths. This seems to be a popular trail for running and mountain biking, especially. All the bikers were very courteous as they passed us. It is relatively easy, with a few moderate sections. There is not much shade, so wear some sunscreen and a hat! There are a few different trails (305, 365, etc), but if you follow the signs and know where you are going ahead of time, you won't get lost.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Holy mountain bikes. Did this trail with my inlaws this weekend, and the number of mountain bikers on the trail from 9-11 am on a Saturday was ridiculous. The parking lot was completely full of mountain bikers; everyone was parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. The hike was fine with a nice view of the Sandias, but it's hard to enjoy it when you have to get off the trail due to mountain bikers flying by (not yielding to pedestrians, per trail protocol) every couple minutes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amazing trail for visiting during the sunset, a must see trail in Albuquerque

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Easy hike, a little hard to navigate due to all of the trails and being a newbie. Good for kids and dogs. A lot of bikers.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Beautiful 3 mile easy hike.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nice views, easy, kid friendly. We got to see some wildlife (deer, birds and bobcat). Some bikes but not too many for a Sunday hike. Overall it was very good.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This is a very nice hike to take if you need something fast... there are a lot of bike traffic though... but everyone was respectful. The views are beautiful! I went with my kids and dogs, and everyone had a great time!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Great trail, great length but too many bicycles

Monday, September 26, 2016

We went for a hike and it was easy. The only negative thing was the mountain bikers everywhere and they act as if they rule. Some give warnings when coming up behind you and others don't. Also even with a warning they don't adjust their speed. I would rather hike else where but if you want an easy hike, this is it. Not much shade coverage.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A scenic trail with great views of ABQ and the Sandis. Majority of people where mountain biking, so it is important to check behind you as you hike- but most were thankful when we would step off the trail for them to pass. There are 2 inner paths you can take to shorten the walk if need be, so you can really hike your own hike.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great trail for morning exercise. Not too challenging or particularly scenic. Many people biking, walking, and running in the morning. Good system of trails in this area to adjust length of you are working up to a more difficult home in the Sandias.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Beautiful views of Albuquerque and Sandia Mts. Take lots of water and wear a hat, there is no shade and even though marked easy it could prove dangerous without these, especially if hiking in the afternoon during the summer.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

It was very nice, there are a lot of mountain bike riders coming through and the route to stay on is 305, which goes out and back. If you want to make a loop you can take 305 to 365 and once the bike riders pass by you may be fortunate enough to catch a snake slithering by. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Plenty of cyclists but all traffic was very friendly, some of the more primitive trails were a little less crowded. Nice views.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Awesome trail, enjoyed the scenary and the challenge

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