Pino Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, 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.
Views of the Sandias, pine forest, goes to Crest Trail. 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.
This is a really fun trail. I really wouldnt say its a difficult trail either. Good scenery on the way up, starts in desert shrubbery and then moves up to spruce and fir trees. Only knock i can say against it is that at the top of the trail you really dont have good views because you are in the saddle between two peaks. It does connect to another trail that runs along the crest but i didnt have time to hike that trail to see if it actually runs to one of the neighboring peaks. I hiked this trail in march and there was still sections that were iced over near the top.
Ran up Pino, Great views of the crest to the north. The trail gets narrow and icy about 3.5 miles up and continued until the crest trail. I used microspikes and poles from here. Without the microspikes, I would have turned back. I turned left on the crest and took it to Sandia Peak then back to the tram. The snow pack on the crest trail would swallow my leg to the knee at times. it was slow going. But the views!! I took time to take picthures from several slightly off trail overlooks. It was about 8 miles from Ellena Gallegos parking to the tram and 9.5 to the peak with a cabin trail connector. Then 1.5 back to tram down. Great views on top!! Especially near the cabin.
Logged 9.25 miles out and back on endomondo. Icy still toward the top. Yak Trax or micro spikes advised!
Upper third of trail still very icy. Be careful! Gorgeous trail though, and highly recommended.
Great trail, dog friendly, lots of trees.
This is my all time favorite place to hike!! It is difficult, and you will need to prepare to go all the way to the top. make sure to bring water and some snacks if you plan on going all the way to the top. Going downhill is pretty steep, but as long as you watch your footing it's worth the trip!!! You have to pay $1 weekdays, $2 weekends, and $26 for a monthly pass, to enter this trail.
It's tougher than La Luz and not as pleasant, but a nice occasional alternative when hiking to or from the tram. The pine beetle damage along a third of the trail has allowed the underbrush to flourish making a few moments feel almost tropical during summer. Hiking from Elena Gallegos to the Crest and then down La Luz - 17mi (and then back through the foothills if you're crazy- 23mi) is an excellent prep for more serious hikes!
Seems longer than what is listed, came out at 11+ with parking lot in and out. Considering the snow and ice at this point going forward I'd recommend crampons or something similar. The top was anti-climatic but views going up are amazing. Park staff is great!
Great hike up to the Crest Trail. Trail is very well marker. Quite challenging and steep towards the end but great views and changing landscapes along the way.
One of the best trails in the Albuquerque area as it offers a variety of terrain and views. I think it is more difficult than La Luz as there aren't as many switchbacks to moderate the grade of the ascent. I've seen bear, deer, hawks, turkey and even a mountain lion on or near the trail. Depending on when you go, it may be entirely covered in snow or heavily vegetated with wild flowers, hip high grass and running water crossing the trail in several spots mid way up. According to my running app, it's 9.4 miles round trip from the Elena Gallegos parking lot with a starting elevation of 6,432 feet and 9,314 feet at the top, a gain of 2,882 feet in 4.7 miles. When you get to the top, go south twenty feet and look for a faint trail heading back west. Follow that westward for an overlook with a nice city view of the canyon from whence you came and a view north to the tram and the northern part of the Sandias.