South Piedra Lisa Trail

MODERATE 114 reviews
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South Piedra Lisa Trail is a 4.4 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.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,309 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

1 month ago

Fantastic views of Sandia Peaks. Fairly shady but excellent work out!

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3 months ago

Great hike beautiful views.

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4 months ago

Nice and shady

4 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. This was my first hike in the Sandias since moving back to New Mexico after 50 years away. Spent 2 hours on the ascent, stopping lots for photos, and an hour down. Excellent trail through the pinyon-juniper woodland. The view at the pass is amazing. Next time I want to do the Piedra Lisa trail from the north trailhead above Placitas, over this pass, and repeat this descent.

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4 months ago

The first half of the trail is a strenuous uphill but with a good amount of shade. Once you reach the top there are amazing views of the city, and if you follow the short Rincon trail, you come upon an outcrop of rock that is easily climbed to afford even better views. Overall a very enjoyable hike!

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4 months ago

Decided to hike this trail with our dog today, Saturday 4/21, when our car couldn't make it out the rough road to a different section of the Piedra Lisa trail. The road to this one is paved, and there is a good-sized parking area at the trailhead. I liked it a lot better than most of the other trails I've done in the Sandia foothills. It is shaded most of the way. The trail is easy to follow (not a convoluted web of trails!). We went past where the AllTrails map ends to a nice outcrop with views. It took us 52 minutes each way. Most of the challenge comes from the elevation gain. We started around 10:20, and several other groups were out, but it was not bad at all for a Saturday.

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5 months ago

6 months ago

Take water , snacks and get ready for a pretty intense hike, a good amount of climbing and amazing views. stay on the trail and be mindful of your GPS or alltrails app as there are places where it is easy to get lost. my buddy and I took 2 cars and had a few "accidental detours" that added 2 hours... ouch

6 months ago

Gorgeous views, quiet trail - not a lot of traffic. All uphill until you turn around- worth the scenery

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7 months ago

Coldbeans!

8 months ago

Checked out the trail today! A gorgeous morning on a great trail. It was a constant incline but nothing strenuous. The views are great. Traffic was low on the way up, but higher on the way down. Snow on the top. Can’t wait to hike it again.

8 months ago

Well marked trail, steady incline, great views. Snow at the very top.

8 months ago

This is now one of my favorite hikes in Albuquerque! Beautiful.

8 months ago

Kinda hard (constant incline), really beautiful.

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9 months ago

After Pino, this is my favorite trail in the Sandias. The views are spectacular, particularly from the rocks at the very top. Continue to the right (SSE) when you come to the marker post on the ridgeline, and scramble up the rocks about a tenth of a mile on (the highest accessible point). Outstanding.

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11 months ago

Challenging but worth it!!!

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Love it!! Good, intense climb up and finishes with a great view. Good,fast out and back. Get in nature and a workout and still have time to do the rest of your life.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Wasn't my favorite, but will be better when it's cold outside.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Tough climb but worth it for the amazing view at the top!

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

This is a very nice trail with good shade. We hiked from 9 to past noon and found plenty of shade both ways. The main trailhead is under construction right now, but there's an alternate trail head just across the street. It is well marked as is the rest of the trail. View at the top is nice, but not as wide open as I'd hoped.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fun hike and great views, trail gets skinny at some spots but overall it's a good one.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hiked this last weekend, 8/5/17. Great trail though coming back down was difficult due to slipping on loose rock and soil. Fantastic views! When you get to the crest turn right and go past the Piedra Lisa North trail to the rock outcropppings. Incredible views.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great views (close ups of sheer rock faces and distant mesas) and challenging incline. The trail is gravely in a lot of places, so those wearing running shoes may slip a lot. In winter and early spring there may be snow and/or ice in shaded places.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

This is definitely one of my favorite trails in the Sandías! The way up is quite the workout but the views are worth it for sure! And there's plenty of pretty and shady spots to take breaks along the way.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great hike! It is definitely quite an uphill climb, but the views at the top are worth it. You can see quite a bit (up close and personal) of the Sandias, pretty much all of Albuquerque, and some mesas and mountains to the north and west. The drive up to the trail is also gorgeous. I would recommend going early in the morning if you are going in the summer. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone who enjoys a good sweat and would also say that this is one of my favorites in all of the Sandias/Cibola National Forest. I lovingly call one of the peaks of the Sandias "the nub" and I got to get very close to it, so I was happy.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

I have hiked this trail twice now and I love it.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Excellent trail for a quick hike.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wonderful trail! The trail was easy to navigate and featured a wide variety of plant and animal life. Parts of the trail are closed from March until August so there were a few detours, but again they were very easy to follow.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Moderate hike, beautiful scenery, cold currently but still enjoyable. Some changes between the old trail and new trail but if you follow the signs you'll be alright.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great trail. This is my first time in awhile going out hiking again. But this was a good choice. Has a good incline with some rocky areas. But mostly a nice dirt path to walk on.

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