Explore the most popular forest 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.

Fantastic views of Sandia Peaks. Fairly shady but excellent work out!

Really nice trail, climbed my own trail for a bit before realizing the trail went the same way. Love the boulder outcrop 2.5 mikes in, great view

Worth the trek. Navigation gets tricky after Domingo baca trail as you head towards the TWA crash site. Highly recommend to keep an eye on waypoints.

Need more trail markers , otherwise beautiful trail

hiking
16 days ago

This hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s very difficult, but the views are breath-taking. We started at the tram trail (2.5 miles) which then connected to the La Luz Trail so we did about 10 miles total including the trek to the Tram. This is definitely not a hike for beginners, but is a great challenge. We did this hike in preparation for Wheeler Peak in September. If you hike this on a weekend and ride the tram down expect to wait about 45 mins or more to get on a tram back down the mountain.

18 days ago

Great trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Probably the best hike in New Mexico! Start as early as you can to beat the heat.

the yellow spot on the map shows where you have to navigate through a rocky area - we went down through there instead of coming up...a little challenging, but definitely fun!

hiking
25 days ago

Difficult but the views make you forget about all of that. beautiful wildflowers along the path and we were greeted by a cute bunny. there's a rock formation that reminded us of a thumbs up and it helped us press on.

Definitely underestimated this trail. I started it for a trail run, but quickly discovered that it was more of a hike and scramble. It also takes a lot longer than expected, possible because it's so easy to go off trail. I veered off trail maybe 7-10 times on the way up, but the trail is more clear on the way back. some steep incline here and there. Bring a snack, a buddy, a map, and proper footwear. I would go back, but plan on spending some time and effort.

hiking
27 days ago

First hike I’ve taken in years. It’s defiantly a challenge because of how quickly the elevation rises. I became slightly dizzy at one point and took a 10 minute break. The most important part though is to keep moving. It certainly isn’t an easy hike.

I forget which trail we took because there were two paths. I think we ended up on the back side of the mountain because we never saw the tram. Either way me and my mate managed 5.13 miles in a 3 hour 15 minute hike. There are portions that have nothing but gravel in ridiculously steep areas, so proper footwear is an absolute must. Also beware that cacti is abundant across the trail. I accidentally slipped and my hand landed right on top of one.

In the end, I’d do it again. The trail offered incredible views and is certainly offers a true hike. Not for beginners in the slightest bit.

If you go left at the very first fork the trail doesn't have a lot of shade and is very hot! tons of switchbacks and like everyone says it is easy to get off trail or on another trail. the large rock for the decent back down to the foot hills are beautiful and very slick would be great to see water running over them.

Fun trail!! Some parts were rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

There had been closures of this range due to fire hazards but it is indeed open as of 7/21. We got to the area late in the day and decided to ride the tram up and hike down. We’re in good shape but will never race to set a record as we enjoy taking in the sites and taking pictures. That’s not to say we don’t hump out a good pace at times. We started the descent at 17:00 and made it to the parking lot at 21:00, a solid four hours. Trail is well marked. It was 85 at the top when we started. Consumed about 1.5L each. There is decent exposure but if you’re not the clumsy type and pay attention it’s no biggie. The AllTrails map says 13.3 up and down. We logged 7.3 on my Suunto coming down only which I have to reconcile.

Steep. B’cse of poorly marked trail in early miles, general recommendation is ‘bear right.’ The trail is good.

Back open

we are doing this trail with the wellness coordinator at work. a really good trail for all levels

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

**CLOSED All wilderness areas (trails to the peaks)** because of drought and fear of wildfires. Shorter trails in the immediate area are open. Beautiful area, will be back for the peak. Call to figure out when they re-open

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trail closures in the Cibola National Forest due to lack of rain. Check before you go.

Great hike beautiful views.

Did this hike on Friday and it was amazing, loved every minute of it.

Parked at the Crest House and hiked the Crest Spur to the La Luz trail down and Chimney Canyon back up. Would not want to hike down the upper part of Chimney Canyon but going up is a great workout, even if you stow the poles and use all fours for awhile. The super-steep part (+/- 100% grade) ends in a grove of aspen and a field of wildflowers (May 26) below the radio and TV towers. Note: those towers and the canyon I imagine made my GPS a bit off. The intersection with La Luz was hundreds of feet downtrail from where the GPS and AllTrails map said it was. The trail is actually a trail most of the time so if you’re making your own deer trails or the Ap says to go through the dense forest or up a cliff, reassess. The views and overall Zen of this hike rate the full 5 stars. Chimney Canyon is mostly through forest. See the Chimney Canyon pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up the trail on Memorial Day. I began at the trail head parking lot at 6:45am, but didn't reach the top until noon. I lost about two hours helping another hiker who was doing the trail for the first time. Poor guy almost passed out on his way to the top as he wasn't used to the elevation spike. I got to the top and took a break for 45 mins and hiked back down. I arrived at the parking lot by 4pm. Total miles= 18, calories burned 2,000, steps walked over 40K. I would recommend beginning the hike early in the morning this time of year, otherwise you'll be getting the brunt of the sun hiking back down. It was a great hike, awesome workout & fantastic views. If you pay attention to where you are going, you won't get lost. This was my first time hiking the trail. Challenging for sure. Definitely not for novices.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful trail! We tried La Luz but there was zero shade and hot already at 930am. Instead, we took the tram and hiked this trail. Lovely but definitely hard. We hiked down the mountain ridge with plenty of shade and then hiked back up. WOW! That was challenging but we had a chance to rest on the north hill, near the ski lifts and observe spectacular distant mountains. The sights were breathtaking and lots of birds if, like us, you love birding. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun trail to do with a friend. We did a clockwise loop. I would recommend that route, the south part of the loop requires climb over rocks. There’s plenty of shade on the trail. A great workout for all levels of hiking.

Beautiful, a bit challenging but great views!

Lots of climbing rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

I started at the Tramway Trailhead and connected with La Luz trail to the top of Sandia Crest (3.5 hours, 4,960 ft elevation climb). From there i took the trail along the peak over to Kiwanis Cabin (20 minutes) - which if you haven't been there I'd highly recommend! The views from where it sits are amazing, and the cabin itself is pretty cool considering the history. After that I made my way to the Sandia Peak Tramway (30 minutes) and rode the tram back down. Overall the hike was 10 miles. The weather was perfect, however at the top i had to put my sweater on due to the very crisp breeze (it didn't help that my clothes were damp from all the sweating). This trail doesn't require a lot of caution or technique, but stamina and determination are definitely a must! Bring plenty of water!

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