Tree Spring Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews
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Tree Spring Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, 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 April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
944 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers


2 days ago

My favorite trail in the Sandias. I usually take it up to the 10k, then to the ski fields to the top of the mountain, then back down.

24 days ago

Nice hike, cool temps in the morning!

3 months ago

This was a good hike, I took my kids my youngest is 8 years old. It was challenging enough to keep their interest but not so steep that they were calling for breaks every minute. The trail is very rocky so I would keep that in mind if you were to trail run; I would power hike this one. Typical forest setting, there was a small aspen grove, plently of shade and every so often a view out towards Edgewood. Wanted to go further and connect with the Crest Trail but my kids and their friends had enough.

3 months ago

Starts at high altitude & in the trees, this trail provides cooler temps & shade with nice vistas looking east. Trail ends at a fence which marks joining the South Crest Trail. If you go straight and follow the SCT a few hundred yards, you will find an assortment of unmarked paths off to your left that will lead to a nice outcropping of ledge exposing nice vistas looking east. Highly recommend this half day hike.

6 months ago

This hike has the best view from the top! It snowed on us the whole way. One thing it doesn’t tell you is when you reach what looks like end on this app you reach a intersection and go through the fence and it takes you to the top! Great time for sure

7 months ago

The top of the mountain has a gorgeous skyline view of the mountains and the City of Albuquerque. My German Shepherd also enjoys this trail. At the trailhead, they do have a bathroom facility. I recommend you go early, as there is limited parking.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail. A little chilly but it is December. Amazing views from the top.

10 months ago

Gradual incline up, nice views towards the top! Lots of worn rocks on trail, but not too bad to manage. Nice easy to follow trail that winds in and out of forest to ridge top. Good workout!

10 months ago

Friday, September 15, 2017

Amazing views, trail was easy to follow. Flowers were fully bloomed. If you're looking for a quick workout this is it! The rocks are slippery on the way down and it's a little narrow in some spots..but I enjoyed having no cactus bites ;)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Perfect day hike length and elevation. Flowers blooming all the way up. View at top is spectacular....

Thursday, August 17, 2017

who is a nice hike little over 3 miles round-trip. I did not care much for the trail. dense forest no views. but it was great out in the fresh air nice and cool not hot.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Easy hike with a great view of the city at the end. Most of the trail is shaded with trees. Pretty crowded on the weekend, but if you can get there on weekday morning you'll only see a few folks. Also be sure to bring $3 for parking.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great trail with great view at the top. A little narrow with trees and bushes pressing against you on both sides but otherwise great hike.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Short and Sweet

45m up, 30m down. In return you get to enjoy large conifers, ferns, and the strange absence of any cactus. Once you see daylight through the trees go straight up (I.e. Not left or right), unless you want to walk the entire crest. The beautiful view at the top greets you with 20kt winds, so bring a jacket if you plan on staying up there for more than a "My life is so amazing" selfie.

If you want to make this hike special, take your little lady to "Tinker Town" on the way back. You're in for a real treat, trust me.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Very nice trail for a quick workout and great views! I used to hike this trail every afternoon in the summer after work to get into shape. Round trip (about 3.9 miles) can be easily done in 2 hours, however, once you get to the crest overlook you will want to spend some time taking in the view. Note: use caution on this trail after the first snowfall. The mix of snow/ice/mud can be deceiving and is easy to slip on ice if you are not careful. Make sure you bring along some good walking poles. It can also be very windy and cold at the top of the crest so bring appropriate clothing. I am always amazed, especially in the late fall and early winter, how many people will hike up this trail in tennis shoes and light clothing and not carry any additional gear, water, food, etc. I always take my ruck with enough gear and supplies to spend the night, if necessary, matter how nice the weather may be.

This trail is also a good starting point to get to the Crest Trail and the 10K trail. One of my most memorable trips was to hike up Tree Spring trail to the Crest Trail and then head south all the way to South Peak and exit at the southern end of the Crest Trail at Canyon Estates trail head. This was a very long trip (over 12 miles if I remember correctly), however, I had the whole day to do it and thoroughly enjoyed it! The hike through the aspen groves and short hike up South Sandia Peak was the highlight of the trip. This is a one-way trip so you either have to make arrangements to park a car at Canyon Estates trail head parking lot or have someone pick up up.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The scenery on this trail is nice but the train itself is very very rocky. I've hiked extensively in the mountains and this is one of the worst trails. When you reach the top you're awarded with incredible views but there are better trails.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

this trail is very easy. there is an incline, but go slow and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. some parts of the trail are rocky, and narrow, but was really easy to navigate with two hyper dogs and two adults. It's an in and out trail; we hiked only 2 miles of the almost 4.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great trail. Lots of wildflowers and vistas. Go early in the morning or you'll find yourself looking for parking elsewhere.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is one of my favorite trails. I like to do this trail to decompress, and can start in morning or afternoon, complete in 2 a 3 hours and back in town. The pay off is the beautiful view at the top. I like to pack snacks to eat at the overlook and head back down. Wonderful, with lots of shade and wildflowers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beautiful views at the top, and a great trail

Monday, June 22, 2015

Very good

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fairly easy trail up to a gorgeous view!

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