Explore the most popular Backpacking trails near Albuquerque with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a tough trail—not because any of the hiking itself is particularly difficult but because it’s an ~8 mile climb uphill the whole way. We parked at the lower tram and hiked over on the Tramway Trail to La Luz, which probably added a mile or two to our total hike, but it meant we were right at our car when we took the tram back down. We weren’t super prepared (both in tennis shoes and with not quite enough water—make sure you bring at least a liter per person), but we made it nonetheless. The 2-3 miles from the end were the toughest for me, but I’m overall glad we did it. Not sure I’d do it again without being in slightly better shape, though. It took us 5 hours from the lower tram parking lot to the upper tram. I recommend starting early, as we had more shade that way in the beginning, although parts of the upper trail are also quite shady. We brought jackets but didn’t wind up needing them.

very well maintained mostly sun exposed hike early

GPS tracked 7.5 miles in just a little over 3 hours. 23 min mile avg. took tram down and lucked out with a ride back to parking lot from Forest rangers. definitely recommend. tram was $15.

hiking
8 days ago

First time up la Luz and it was well worth it! Think the pino trail was a little more difficult, but all in all this was a great hike! Wear comfy socks and shoes if you plan on going all the way up/down, the rock slide portion of the hike takes a toll on your feet!

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

I love La Luz trail! Today was my fourth time hiking it (once down and three times up)! It’s challenging enough that after a half day of hiking you get the distinct feeling you have accomplished something. There are many awe inspiring views along the way, challenging rocky areas that beat up your feet, and shaded cutbacks that offer a reprieve from the strenuous effort. I do this hike once each year that I’m in NM. Ten 3, the new restaurant at the top offers decent food and a full bar!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
11 days ago

I would only recommend going off-trail like this if you have a good sense of direction and a friend. Do not go alone because some spots can be kind of sketchy, and there is some light climbing involved in going the way we did. Pathfinding is also easier with two people talking and looking. Lots of wild life sign and game trails, so be attentive and project your pressence with noise. We went late afternoon but there is plenty of shade in the forest. We made double sure to be back on trail before dark. Lots of fun!

hiking
over grown
20 days ago

This was my first time (08/21) doing the Pino Trail , and it was very enjoyable overall. I went ahead and took the Crest Trail to the Tram and rode that down. I had rides on both sides, which made it feasible to do it this way. The Pino portion took just under two hours and the Crest to the Tram an additional 1.5 hours or so. Pino was a bit overgrown at parts, so you may consider wearing pants instead of shorts. Neither Pino or Crest has much in the way of signs besides where it starts and ends, but it's fairly straight forward to follow. If I had to choose La Luz vs Pino/Crest, I would probably lean towards La Luz because of the views.

hiking
24 days ago

ran this beast on a trip from baton rouge LA about 4 years ago( twice over 2 days). It was a 20% grade starting around 5000 ft and going up to 9500 ft approx. so 10 mile round trip. in LA were living at sea level so at 7500 feet I started hearing a high pitched buzzing in the ears. I had to stop to stretch the calves. I averaged only 12 minute miles approx for the run. I enjoyed the cacti flowers red and yellow. there were a few small trickling springs along the way. next time I might bring a straw or water supply.

running
30 days ago

Completed the La Luz Run and it was an amazing experience! Highly recommend putting in for the lottery and you just might be one of the lucky 400 runners to be picked. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Loved all the challenges, has a little bit of everything!!

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Greatness of a hike. I could not ask for better weather. It was probably in the mid 70’s up top. Gorgeous wildflowers throughout. This was an absolute treat. Now I hurt a bit, but that’s good. Makes me feel alive! This trail is steep and will challenge you up and down. I pack three liters of water and came back with just over 1/2 liter left. You will need water on this one. I hiked it beginning at 2 I think. Took me longer as I found a phone and back tracked trying to find the guy.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

I used this trail for the first time a few weeks ago in a summer afternoon. it was too hot and buggy, so we didn't get far. I tried it again starting about 6:30am when it was cooler and not so buggy, I loved it! I can't wait to go again. Beautiful views, cool weather, perfect!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

camping
1 month ago

I went up with the intent of staying overnight in a bivy. There is nowhere flat to camp, but the trail is awesome

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

great hike. lots of shade!

hiking
1 month ago

What an amazing but challenging hike. Finally completed this one from my list!

Took about 3 h on the way up, 2.5 h back (continuous hike time, no stops). The tramway station at the top is a nice water source (water faucet inside the building), just make sure you’re within the hours of operation if you’re wanting to refuel for the out and back. The second scenic overlook (The Thumb) is about halfway up.

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