Piedra Lisa Canyon Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews

Piedra Lisa Canyon Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
941 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




wild flowers



9 hours ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

1 month ago

Nice quick hike

1 month ago

Very awesome hike for an afternoon in Albuquerque! Can be a little tricky with larger rocks towards the last bit of the hike, but still very doable. Our 2 1/2 month old corgi puppy did the majority of this hike with ease.

2 months ago

Very fun to do with family! Some parts were trickier for the younger ones but a lot of fun overall!

4 months ago

I went well the 1.9 miles that’s shown for the trail. Well marked and then you are on your own scrambling up the rocks in what is water flow track from the Sandia’s.

5 months ago

This trail is great iin the beginning but then your off going down rocks and a stream bed, mot sure if that was the down part of the trail. I also think it is longer than 3.1 miles

5 months ago

Very beautiful trail!

6 months ago

Well marked, light traffic. No shaded areas, so be sure to go earlier or later in the day.

6 months ago

Some of these pictures are actually of the pino trail. This trail isn't as green since it's still in the foothills. Still a great hike but don't expect very much shade

7 months ago

Nice little short hike but straight up, nice payoff with a good view. If you have 30 min this is a nice one for a quick workout.

8 months ago

Nice trail for all levels of hiking. Once at the top, you can continue to venture to higher elevations, which was nice.

11 months ago

not dog friendly. rocks are too hard for them

great hike

11 months ago

Fun, short trail. A good amount of scrambling so although it says dog friendly, it's not really.

11 months ago

Lots of big,slick rocks

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's a nice hike with a really good view, however it's not as dog friendly as I would've liked.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Take note that under categories this trail has "rock climbing." It was more rock climbing than I personally like, but it's got some great views. My hiking poles were not useful with so much climbing.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This trails good for a short hike in the foothills. Some small amount of scrambling is needed.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Perfect for a shorter hike

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I absolutely love hiking the sandias. I try to get out at least once a week all year long adventuring to each side nook and cranny that's appropriate for the weather conditions that day. This trail is very steep and if there are more than a few hikers out that day it feels over crowded. With many shear rocks the noise of even the quietest conversation carries throughout the canyon. If you're looking for a challenging and quick steep climb this is the perfect trail for you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Good hike with nice views of ABQ

Monday, September 26, 2016

Great view and short work out. Easy to get to and we will come back to explore and connect with other trails.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My car got broken into at this trail head and the officers told me this has been happening at this trail head once a week! Don't park here, even if you aren't alone. I made that mistake and was the only car that got broken into. Stay safe.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Wonderful views. There are several tracks in the beginning (walk across the bridge and go straight) which is nice because on the way back you can get sidetracked. Be careful at the top. There are many jagged rocky areas where you can get injured. If you aren't in good physical shape don't attempt this one. I saw kids sliding down a long rock face and I wouldn't recommend it, very easy to get hurt. Graffiti in some areas. Look for the grappling hooks at the top. Nice! Take your camera. And look for the mini rock cave ;)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Not a bad hike. All the cactus lining the trail are spooky lol. The views are tremendous. My 8 and 10 year old boys loved it.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nice short trail! Once you come upon the satanic looking rock there really isn't much to see.

Friday, February 22, 2013

One of my personal favorite trails in the Sandia Mtns. This is a moderately strenuous trail. There are some nice views along the way too. However it is about 6 miles out and then back again. It is not a loop trail in itself.

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