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Tramway Trail is a 5 mile heavily 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,053 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Rocky Snow
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As of June 2020, there is no parking at the trailhead. The Tramway Trail offers great views of the lower Sandia Mountains on the eastern Slope. The trail connects with La Luz trail to continue to the top of the mountain. The trail is well marked. There is little shade at the beginning - best to go in cooler months. The trail can be steep in places with lots of rocks so be mindful of your footing.

Plenty of parking since you are parking in the Sandia Tram parking lot - $1 fee to get onto grounds at guard station.

Via Tramway Blvd, drive to the Tram terminal Go through the guard station and trailhead is in the NE corner of the upper parking area.

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VIVIAN LI
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Peter G
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Dot Wire
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HikingNo shade

Started from Sandia Peak Tramway parking lot. Takes at least 1.5 miles to make it over to La Luz side so that part was moderate. After that, trail gets steeper. Decided to go up aka Luz until Junction and loop back. Don’t about the loop as some run off and slanted narrow trail on descent. Not good for a full backpack. Got off trail a couple of times but app was very helpful. Beautiful panos of city, Sandia casino area. Lucky to have overcast as no shade.

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Alan Brooks
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Jenni Mcnab
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Kekuiapoiwa Nonies
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Highly recommend taking a lot of water, no shade and it gets very hot. If you are not paying attention you can miss the trail and get off a bit.. over all very enjoyable

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Jennifer Wilson
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David Krueger
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Angelica Adams
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Great trail. It’s close by, so I do it often. No parking at the trailhead, so you’ll have to park by a park on tramway and walk up. I also recommend riding a bike up to the trailhead, if you’re looking for some intense but fast exercise.

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Seth Gambone
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We realized we were dropping elevation at the start of the hike and man did we realize it on the way back. Beautiful hike to see the western side of the sandias from a cool northern vantage point. Bring lots of water if going in the afternoon. My wife and I went through 3.5L!

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Julie Culbertson
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not too shabby

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Ginae Lee
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Michie Casto
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This trail was so enjoyable! Of course, everything was pretty dead. It was a little muddy here or there but was generally dry, and the only ice that gave me trouble walking was the 1/2 mile connecting the Tramway trail to La Luz. Loved the hike. Everything looked beautiful in the sun on the way back to the trailhead.

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Marios Th.
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Quite boring besides the last half mile where it joins la luz.

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John Galt
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One day after a heavy snow fall, most of the snow had melted. The hike started with nice weather in the low 40s but very windy. Half way in another snow storm moved in. Trail was little difficult to follow in the snow. some icy spots slowed the pace. overall however, a very enjoyable hike that offers a nice view of Albuquerque and some wildlife.

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Ivanna Slim
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John Giusto
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My recording shows Tramway to the Old La Luz trail all the way to the upper Tram station. This clocked at 6.7 mi for just over 4000 ft elevation gain. The last two sections around and then through the switchbacks are very steep and not maintained. You might want to revert to the regular La Luz trail (especially for the last section) which is easy enough to do since you are frequently crossing it. The sections I am talking about begin where the sign is that warns against crossing the rocky switchbacks in winter ice and snow. P.S. I also did this trail in the snow last winter when the switchback parts were impassable. Though I did it in spikes, if I do it again it will be in snowshoes for sure!

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Jarred G
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HikingNo shadeRocky

A solid hike. It’s kind of hard to follow for the first 1-2 miles because of other trails that join or washouts. I would recommend a gps device. There are some solid views of Albuquerque but the trail doesn’t really go anywhere unless you continue up the La Luz trail. The parking at the tramway is now $3.

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Shannon Vigil
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Michell Carlino-Webster
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Was a nice hike for a quick 2 hours with some friends who hadn't hiked before. Towards the end of this trail gets steep, but it's good. Supportive, shoes with traction a must. But a nice day- get out early to beat the heat and crowds.

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Dionne Ross
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Hubby and I did this trail 2 weeks ago. Started at 11am and it was a nice workout. We are not accustomed to the elevation so going up was tough for us but we ran coming back down. Hoping to do La Luz next.

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Emily Osburn
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

This trail was so hot and confusing. Without this app we were lost, we had to use the app to find our way the entire time. Lots of over grown plants and some being cactus.

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