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Beautiful hike through forest and boulders down to the stream and then up to the falls. Went on a Thursday afternoon and didn't see another soul, but did see a couple of deer! With a few exceptions, the elevation change is gradual making the hike back invigorating but not difficult.
Moderate difficulty. Actually about 4 miles in and out - not 9. Took about 2 hours and that included photo ops and rest breaks as we acclimated to the altitude ( just arrived from East coast). There are some off -shoot trails and runoff areas that mimic trail so pay attention! Great views the whole way up and down. Worth the climb!
I combined Trail 248 and where it intersected 135 up to beyond the sign that says you are entering the Sandia Reservation. I went a little further, but the trail became covered with trees that had fallen due to a fire.
Returned back to the trailhead parking lot completely on Trail #135.
Only saw 1 man and his dog, 2 lizards and 1 squirrel. A hike worth taking.
Kept hearing people talk or ask about this trail but no one I knew had done it so I went to find it. Required a little offroading to get to the trailhead. Definitely not meant for cars. You can park and walk back to the trailhead though. The hike itself is short and I'd probably say moderate. But the cave was awesome. It was about 15ft down and then you had to crawl roughly 100ft to get to one of the bigger rooms. Then there's a hole in the back that leads to an even bigger room. I had so much fun exploring it. I recommend it for anyone.
I am assuming this place is a wonderful place for birding during winter migration, as the signs in the park explain. The "trail" is a ~3 mile loop meant for driving(15mph) or hiking and is flat terrain with little shade. There are some small trails with viewing platforms for bird watching along the way, as well as plenty of places for picnicking and outdoor bathrooms, as well. I know I came in off season but saw some killdeer, roadrunner and wrens!