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2 days ago

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Tough trail, lots of boulders but with nice breaks of relatively level sand. Lightly trafficked so you’re not passing or yielding to other hikers all the time

Nice easy hike. If you want to avoid the bikers I recommend taking the side trails. Very pleasant overall.

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

Great hike. First time our in ABQ and my wife and I had a great time on this trail. Good views and friendly people. Took the recommendation of many others and went counter clockwise, great tip and highly recommend. We also got off the main trail once when I wasn’t hawking the map so make sure you do a good job verifying you’re land navigation.

I loved this trail! The view from the top and the eye made it completely worth it. However, this app has it listed as moderate, when I would rate it hard. I've done trails rated as hard and this is very similar.

Trail isn't clearly marked but the view of the petroglyphs is amazing!

Very wooded and shaded, leads out to the Rio Grande which is cool. Not really any elevation or any difficult parts. Would be great for kids or anyone else looking for an easy relaxed hike.

Cool history along the canyon. the return path is pretty basic. there is almost no shade, so plan accordingly if you come in the summer or afternoon.

Very nice hike. Easy and relaxing.

14 days ago

One of my favorite hikes to do with my dogs! Esp at dusk with the sun setting and the city lighting up. It never seems super busy at the times I have been there especially on the brisk windy days, which are oddly my favorite because it reminds me of Living in Wyoming

In March, it was a perfect time. A bit dry 2018, sorry New Mexico, wishing for help with your drought. It's an easy trail, first encounter with petroglyphs.

wasn't clearly marked, were we in someone's back yard? the dogs scared us. did love that we saw long eared rabbits, road runners, coyote & indigenous birds.

15 days ago

well worth it. user friendly

16 days ago

A truly challenging hike, not for the faint of heart! Great path to the 1955 Plane Wreckage memorial. Be aware that it can be a bit difficult to distinguish the trail at times.

Great hike. Saw 5 deer on the trail.

This should be designated as a bicycle trail as the number of cyclists greatly outnumber hikers, at least midday on a Sunday. It's hard to hike when you have to get off the trail every minute or two to let bikers (who ignore the signs that say bikers yield to hikers) pass. This was our first time on the trail and had a difficult time following the map because the trails are not well-marked. There are a few places where two or three trails branch off and there are no signs telling which is the one you want. The map and signs are great if you know where you're going already, but not helpful for a first timer. The scenery is nice but it's not an enjoyable hiking experience.

Nice, short hike with a beautiful view of the Sandias.

Wonderful trail in southern Sandias. Bit of a pitch toward the end.

we really enjoyed this trail. I would recommend going in the early morning as the petroglyphs can be hard to see in the harsh sun.

Lovely, easy walk on well marked trail. Incredible petroglyphs!

trail running
27 days ago

My wife and I ran this trail this morning and we had a blast. Tricky if you a first time trail runner. Well marked and there were only a few fellow humans out there with us. There was a little snow as we approached the La Luz trail.

27 days ago

Great hike! The high altitude makes the last bit of it difficult but it’s worth it.

It’s a nice walk and the petroglyphs are easy to see. The first 1/2 mile is littered with dog droppings. That doesn’t reflect well on the Albuquerque residents who are not following the posted rules. When I’m on a hike I’m really not wanting to focus on avoiding stepping on dog shit.

This is a great spot for a quick walk or a long walk and is good for all ability levels. I’m an advanced hiker but still enjoyed the views and activity. The petroglyphs have been beautiful preserved, it’s wonderfully that people have really respected them and left them as they found them.
Go check it out and please, continue to be kind to the amazing, historical petroglyphs.

Great hike, magnificent views!

Hiked this trail over 100 times. It’s my conditioning trail because it’s so close.

Great hike! Lots of views and super enjoyable!

Great run! Mostly soft sand trails with very little hard packed dirt. Lots of side trails if you want to get creative. Lots of cool petroglyphs and huge Jack Rabbits!

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