Pino Trail

HARD 262 reviews

Pino Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chelwood Park, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2746 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a nice hike in the Sandias that can take you to the Crest Trail. If you want, you can continue on the Crest trail to the Tramway and take the easy way down the mountain. The trail is in good condition but there are some steep parts. Also there is a lot of shade which is much appreciated when the NM sun is out in full force. There are a few springs but you can't depend on them to be there in the dry months. You can expect to get some great views of the Sandias on the way up.

6 days ago

Beautiful coming down at sunset. I’d call it moderate. Plan time to do part of the crest trail as well since the view from the top is obscured by trees

trail running
11 days ago

Awesome run. A bit tough running about mile 3.5, very rocky. Great tree cover, very pretty, and beat me up. If you like trail running, a great challenge, pretty, and hardly anyone above mile 2.

11 days ago

Great trail. 2 hours up and 2 back

hiking
13 days ago

We only went about 3.25 mi up (6.5 round trip) at a leisurely pace; took about 3.5 hours with small breaks and a 20-30 min break where we turned around.

Lots of periodic shade in the trees and nice breezes once you start gaining elevation.

trail running
21 days ago

I trail ran this trail and the Crest Trail and it killed my Quads a few days later as the first five miles is almost all up hill nearly 2700 feet of elevation gain.
Tree cover is lacking until you hit about mile 4 because the Pine boring Beatles have decimated the forest. The first mile is all desert floor to the foothills.
The trail starts crowded on the weekends but once you get to mile 3 you'll be all alone. Most turn around a little over half way up.
Once at top, take the left at the Poles down Crest Trail for beautiful views of the valley.

1 month ago

Be sure to find the lunch spot rocks at the end of the trail. You take a right on the Crest Trail and at the sign for the Cienega Trail (visible from the Pino Trail sign) just head right up the rocks then left on a small trail which provides access to a long shelf of rocks directly over the last section of the Pino Trail. I put this on the recording but it’s easy to find.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and weather. Tough going up as it’s all uphill.

1 month ago

Great trail for a windy day! Enough tree cover to block the wind, but great unobstructed outlooks. Took about 5.5 hours top to bottom.

1 month ago

Love this hike! After the first mile it’s nice to get into the trees and shade. Good views of the mountains. Nice little grove of Ponderosa pines about 2.5 miles up. Good spot to sit and have a snack.

1 month ago

It was a hard climb, but many places to rest and see some beautiful scenery. It’s early April so there was a spot or two of ice/snow, which didn’t cause any issues.

hiking
1 month ago

This is honestly one of the most beautiful hikes I've experienced in the Sandias! At 4mi the switchbacks got pretty slick because the snow hasn't melted yet. My pup and I made it to 9,180 ft on the Crest Trail and would've kept going if I had better shoes/poles. Can't wait to do it again once the snow is gone!

trail running
1 month ago

What a dream of a trail. You get a little of everything, desert, technical, forest, ridgetop single track. I love this run, can't recommend it enough. From mile 4 on there is still quite a bit of ice, not so bad going up, coming down was an adventure. The single track is incredible once you hit the Crest Junction I highly recommend you push on for at least an extra quarter mile to enjoy it.

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

This is a very enjoyable trail! The incline is a bit severe but I enjoyed it thoroughly

2 months ago

Challenging hike due to steady incline, great workout. Trail hugs the side of the mountain so the views are unbelievable!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike with beautiful views. There is still snow on the top portion of the trail so trekking poles and possibly micro spikes will be a help. Pino is not as strenuous or long as La Luz but will give you a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

A challenging way to hike to the tram.

3 months ago

Beautiful views!

3 months ago

LOVE THIS TRAIL!! Lovely trees and a nice view of the Sandia rock formations, plus a great view of the city once you're into the trail a ways. I'll definitely be coming back here!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Lots of trees, more the farther in you go. Plenty of shade and a gorgeous view of the mountains ahead and the city behind.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorites to take. it's a great workout.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Plenty of shade

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike

4 months ago

Great little trail run from Elena parking, 9.1 mike RT, last couple miles more power walking than running with 2800 ft elevation gain:)

hiking
5 months ago

A great day hike, tough but not exhausting. Superb scenery all the way.

6 months ago

Awesome Hike

hiking
7 months ago

Was a straightforward trail with a good rise in altitude. Took close to 11miles to finish so start off early. There is a lot of activity here especially at the beginning of the trail but that will diminish the further up you go.

8 months ago

collect trail ever

8 months ago

very cool trail ever

8 months ago

my favorite trail ever!

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