Agua Sarca Trail

HARD 28 reviews
#17 of 51 trails in

Agua Sarca Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Placitas, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

Nice trail that will take you to the thickest forest. Nice views in spots but the foliage blocks many of the views. Starts out gravely and rocky in the Pinon/Juniper forest and will take you through thick forest.

2 months ago

If you zoom in on the Agua Sarca map you can see and follow the full route to the intersection with the North Crest Trail. (Note: at the early Y in the trail you want to go left and at the stone fireplace you want to go to the right.) From the parking lot this is about 3 miles one way. You can then make a loop taking the North Crest Trail back (6.7 miles) or use the Ojo del Orno shortcut (zoom in, it’s the unnamed path straight back to the parking lot that cuts off the big curve in the North Crest Trail). Ojo del Orno is 0.8 miles long and takes you down 1000 ft over some loose rock but it cuts off 2.5 miles. Of course you could do the hike in the other direction. A much longer loop hike would be to continue on the North Crest Trail after Agua Sarca to the Ellis Trail to Osha Loop to Penasco Blanco back to the North Crest Trail (0.7 miles into the return loop above). This loop with Ojo del Orno seems to be at least 11 miles and goes from 6350 ft to almost 9800 ft. Yeah, it’s the one I did. Nice hike with plenty of high country meadow and forest and you go through Osha Spring.

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6 months ago

Beautiful Trail, but wasn't extremely well marked...Also, pretty sure that it was longer than 3.5 miles...Or maybe we got off the trail somewhere? The views were fantastic! Definitely worth the hike! The road going up is rough, so make sure you have a worthy car!

7 months ago

Was a good hike, but take a durable car up. The road is rough to get to the trail.

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9 months ago

This is a hard trail. Steep and more steep but is one of my favorites.

10 months ago

rough climb, cool views but the top lookout is hard to find and you have to battle the trees

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Some good views, water for the dogs in streams, but a few spots the route can get confusing and I ended up off trail for a bit. Bring a lot of water and when it says 'hard' trust it is, you're gonna end up stopping a decent bit. Some bear scat at the top but nothing other than that. Made it to North Crest trail and turned around and came back - use a stick coming down to save your ankles. There are better trails with better markings and consistent views in the Sandias hence the 3 stars. Also, trails aren't dog parks...PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOGS!!!!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Really nice challenging trail.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Very hard trial, we lost the trail at a point and picked up the end of the second trail (tunnel), going around the ridge; making it a 12 mile hike. Beautiful view and challenging hike

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Great trail...when it says hard, it was hard..for me anyway. My Labrador was also very winded. Be careful coming down, the incline is somewhat deceiving and when coming down it was pretty slippery. The views were amazing, take a camera.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Great hike, can take a short cut up the valley instead of around, don't recommend going back down, tennis ball size rocks with hard footing can lead to injury. Beautiful vistas along the way. Bring lots of water.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nice trail that will take you to the thickest forest. Nice views in spots but the foliage blocks many of the views. It is a bit strenuous as it goes, so I don't think small children would enjoy

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