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South Sandia Peak via Embudito Trail #192 is a 11.1 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 3,789 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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    35.13331, -106.45967

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Edmund Strominger
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HikingIcySnow

did it after a cold front and it was fine up until around 9000 ft then it got super icy and had to turn around. You really need some sort of traction device if you want to make it to the top currently

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Chelsea Adams
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Chelsea Adams
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Darin Denman
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Ben Butler
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Donald Starr
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HikingGreat!

I'm not an avid hiker, but I have hiked La Luz and the TWA crash site. this was my favorite, and the hardest (took the tram down for La Luz). recommend starting early in the hot months. 630 start we were in shade most of the way up. sun scorched for the last 2 miles down. We saw amazing hawks. a couple horny toads, a snake 2 big deer, and lots of lizards. it took about 4 hours to get to the top and it was worth it. beautiful day, beautiful scenery, and amazing views. it was so serene and peaceful. going down only took about 3 hours. for less experienced hikers like me I recommend going with an experienced friend and bring lots of water.

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Stephen Puentes
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

First time doing this trail and it was quite amazing! One of the best at the Sandias. It begins in the foothills and leads into a good amount of tree coverage. It’s very similar to Domingo Baca in how it transitions. I would say that it’s 65% shaded. You have the option of doing a loop or take it all the way to the South Crest. You can also take this to lead you to the Three Guns Springs trail (another great trail) which goes into the direction of Tijeras. Watch my video at the 4:10 mark to see how that looks. The last 2 miles getting to the top are the most challenging and is only recommended to the experienced hiker. It’s a leg burner, no doubt. The views at the top are spectacular and is very rewarding! If you want to get a better idea of what you're in for, check out my vid on this trail on my YT channel: Epic Mode Engaged. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zua1YwaRg5Y

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Renier Navas
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HikingGreat!Off trailOver grown
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Michael Noe
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HikingGreat!Rocky

South Sandia is no easy hike regardless of approach. This is my favorite way up. Starts in the city, has decent shade and the lower 1/3rd can be split between canyoning vs the trail.

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Eunice Choi
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HikingBugsNo shade

This is by far the most beautiful trail on Sandia in the summer. The view at the top will take your breath away. And there are birds gliding in the wind. It’s majestic. Definitely bring a warmer layer because you’re going to want to enjoy the wind up there for a while. It’s the best part. You’ll never want to leave. The ascend is pretty tough especially on a cloudless sunny day because it just shoots straight up in the scorching NM sun. Bring LOTS of water, SPF and a hat because about two thirds of the trail has no shade. Go alone or bring a quiet company. I can’t think of a worse trail to be stuck in bad company. I wouldn’t recommend bringing beer unless you like drinking lukewarm beer. Don’t miss the birds chirping, the butterflies, the colorful wildflowers, and the whooshing wind along the way.

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Genevieve Mihalko
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Bring a windbreaker for the peak. The ice is melted now, only a little snow here and there. Beautiful trail!

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Jocelyn Muniz
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Almost all snow/ice is gone. Just a few spots around mile 3 with ice. Be prepared for the blistering wind at the peak!

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Brandon Baca
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Robert Romanishin
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IcySnow

hiked this 1/28. late start and made it to the top around sunset. spikes/poles required about 2.5 miles in all the way to top. pretty deep snow in a few spots but trail mostly packed down. very nice day hike

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Chris Bishop
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Did this on Jan 26. Amazing trail, but not possible to do the forest and higher sections without spikes. Poles also incredibly useful. Thick snow at the top

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Marios Th.
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January 18th. spikes and poles required. amazing view from the peak. be careful not to miss the trail on the first 2 miles.

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Dietrich Ginocchio
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HikingRocky

Should be marked as heavily trafficked, not moderately. A very nice hike. No real rock scrambling, but plenty of rock navigating.

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Rudy Moyer-Litwiller
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We really enjoyed this hike. We started at 11 and were back around 6. The views were beautiful, the hike was strenuous but very fun. The trail is in great condition right now.

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Isaiah Armijo
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strenuous, stunning, sublime. Good shoes, and a lot of water. I recommend getting there early and taking your time. I started the day at about 8 and slowly ascended. I was down by six. The sights and views are well worth it. P.S the dessert kicks butt.

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Juergen Sattler
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if I could I'd give this trail 7 stars. The hike is equally divided in three zones, dessert, forest and above treeline. The trail is very well constructed and despite the elevation gain is moderate. The views from the peak are outstanding.

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Jae Stulock
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HikingMuddySnow

This is my favorite trail in the Sandias. This trek was cut short but I hike to the peak regularly. The trail is quite difficult and has wet slippery snow. Spikes were necessary. Super windy too; I had to chase my hat!

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