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.
Lots of scenery changes. Lots of other hikers.
Great trail...wasn't too difficult
Not sure I'd rate it as difficult, but it's a great trail - easy to follow and great views for the first few miles!
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!