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Pino Trail is a 9 mile heavily 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 2,736 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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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.

There is plenty of parking space, its a dollar during weekdays and $2 at weekend for a car. There are restrooms and picnic spots too.

Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, (505) 281-3304

The road to the trailhead is just North of the Tramway - Academy intersection in Albuquerque. There is a sign for Elena Gallegos Trailhead/ Picnic Area. Turn East and drive to the parking lot. There may be a small fee for parking. The trail is well marked.

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Dawn Bianchetti
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KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEASH!!!

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Diego M
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Michael Narvaez
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Great hike. Easy with some beautiful scenic views. Recommend highly!

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Joshua Bush
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Dawn Bianchetti
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Too many people have their dogs off leash!!!! You know your dog but you don’t know the reaction of someone else’s dog! It’s a rule for a reason!!!! Grrr

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Jeff Sorge
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not as difficult as described. well maintained trail..

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Robin Tackett
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Robin Tackett
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Bill Kearns
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Luke Eichorn
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Great trail that gives a big variety of scenery from the bottom to the top. From foothill high desert to areas of young forest to alpine trees. Definitely a trail worth hiking. I even found Galileo's Death Tree! Google it. It's an interesting thing. Views from the top are somewhat narrow due to trees, but you do get views both east and west (cause you're on the ridge). I found a nice little spot with a good view of the city just a bit south on the crest trail from where pino trail meets the crest trail. Slightly overgrown in parts, but the trail is still extremely easy to follow. You don't even need a map or the app. You do have to pay for parking. I think it's $1 during the week and $2-3 on the weekends. Not much at all for the quality of hike you get. I (along with a few other people) had our cars broken into while we were on the hike. The ranger said it very rarely happens out there. This is just a friendly reminder to make sure you don't leave anything in view in your car while you're hiking and to also make sure you take your valuables with you.

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Gregg Banninger
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Laura Burnham
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Always a great trail. I highly suggest a sunset decent!

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Ingrid Spielman
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Kennth Potter
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Kennth Potter
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lia Morales
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Randall Hancock
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I love Pino, I go a few times a month. Most of the time I do ~ an hour up and back down. Nature’s stair master! I did the whole route yesterday. Love the variety of the terrain, I would say about 90% of people are wearing masks. I got bit on the thigh by an unleashed dog running with a young boy. I gave Dad unbridled feedback, the boy was scared and the dog was being a dog. So many people just like him, “he’s never bit anyone before”. Well you have had him in the right situation till now.

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Jeremy White
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Finished the whole trail today...I think I’m tired

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Tom Collier
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Meg Ellis
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Fantastic trail for a day hike. Went in the middle of the day and man was the sun banging but there is some nice shaded areas along the trail. Starting at 2.5mi there is lots of overgrown foliage, especially the last mile, but the trail is still easily followed.

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Sam Tsosie
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Bryan Rotzoll
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Cydnee Wolfe
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Laura Schertler
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We started this trail at 9am, thinking we would just do part of it. Before we knew it, we had decided to go all the way to the top, and I’m so glad we did! Beautiful views, lots of shade, and enough of a challenge for us to want bragging rights! The wind and shade about a mile in was much appreciated, and there’s the added bonus of Pino Spring about a mile from the top!

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Tamara Aragon
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Great trail. At mile 3,4 it is a bit overgrown but easy to see and stay on trail. Great views prior to the top post. My app and watch said 10mi back and forth.

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Christina Flora
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Carissa LaConte
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This trail was just “ok” to me. The first mile (and last, back out) I was serenaded by cicadas... ugh... I like trails that kick my butt... this didn’t start to have that “difficult” factor until about mile 3 for me. And then the 4.5 mile summit of the trail was anti-climatic to say the least. No views. The trail itself was nice. Easy to navigate, and peaceful being that I only crossed paths with two other hikers! Most EXCITING part would be that I found the Galileo’s Death Tree (GD - 1642). See photo! Researching that is quite interesting. I would love to find the others!

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Crystal Vigil
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Nice trail. One of my favorites. Took me about 5 hours to hike to the top of Pino trail and back down. I started at 9:30ish and finished around 2:30. It has a decent amount of shade most of the way.

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