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

hiking
1 month ago

Should be rated moderate. As it seems to be the case with All Trails, mileage listed is shorter than actual. I recorded something closer to ~7.7 miles. I prefer to go counterclockwise on the loop.

It’s my local, neighborhood mtb/running trail. Better than anything I had within 15 miles of me in Ft Worth.

Fantastic hike, lots of up and down both ways, shady forest almost whole way. Not many views until you reach the ridge, then they are great! Lots of forest, mushrooms, flowers and squirrels. Aspen's just barely starting to turn, a few yellow leaves. Well maintained and clearly marked trail with blue blazes the whole way.

trail running
2 months ago

Lots of wild flowers and deer out. Beautiful, well maintained trail.

I really enjoyed this little hike. I didn’t complete the whole thing because twice I got off the main trail because it was unclear where the real trail was. My phone was dying so I was trying to use the app as little as possible but if I had a fully charged phone, it would have been easy to navigate. A beautiful trail with lots of wild flowers. Maybe I didn’t go far enough but I don’t understand the hard rating for difficulty. It was rocky in places but down hill to start with. Some of the side trails coming off the road are actually better because you don’t have to contend with the rocks. The trees are much denser though. July/August there are almost always late afternoon thunder storms so you might want to take that into account when planning. I’ve been in lightning storms twice in the Sandias and they’re pretty scary. I love September/early October in the Sandias. The aspens are turning yellow, the weather is cool and you just might catch the ski lift open that goes to the top of the crest to look out over ABQ. Only $3 to ride.

From the 10k parking lot we went down in elevation, maybe along what the map titles capulin trail 234a. Looked to be some decent mountain bike jumps. Found patches of wild raspberries and currants, mullein, yarrow, plantain and alfalfa in right next to the parking.

on Osha Loop Trail

5 months ago

Whole area closed due to high fire hazard.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Did this in deep snow with my brother - we only went about 2 miles in but it was gorgeous in the winter. Would definitely suggest some grippy shoes.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This trail is stunning if you only hike the west side of the Sandias. Shaded by tall pines and towering aspens which makes for a nice refreshing hike. This trail is a strenuous for new hikers since the elevation and the at times Steep trail can really take it out of you. Plenty of moss covered trees and logs and beautiful patches of wild flowers. This trail is a great change to the high desert trails of the Sandia foothills. It's a little bit of a drive but by far worth it.

trail running
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tried to get up south peak from Bart's trail,... Once on Cole's road, the road was blocked by what looked like a disgruntled resident, so as opposed to 'trespassing,' I drove back down to the south crest trailhead just off exit 175 in Tijeras. The first five miles were lovely just after sunrise around 6 am. Mile 5.25 revealed a very overgrown trail. The alltrails app shows this hike as a 5.5 mile RT hike, which may be true if you do just the loop with the upper faulty trail, however, if you plan to ascend the summit from this side, the hike becomes significantly longer. I unfortunately went north at the embudito trail turn off,... I realized my mistake that I was continuing on the south crest trail but wanted to ascend the South Peak. I turned back after a half mile and then headed northwest along the embudito trail. This is where it gets a little tricky. About .3 miles or so, the trail has an immediate take off to the north and this entrance is overgrown. I suggest pulling up your alltrails app and clicking 'record,'... this will show you on gps your exact location in relation to this take off so as to not get lost. You need to use the trail entitled South Sandia Peak via Bart's trail however to see this route to South Peak. Once atop, the views are wonderful and worth all the effort. My RT with my excursion to the north along the south crest trail put me at about 14.5 miles with about a mile of that in excess as I missed the turn off. The elevation gain was 3400 feet and top elevation was 9785 ft. I used a garmin 235 which utilizes both gps and glonas systems to coordinate location. Anyway, enjoy and happy trails! Pictures posted on South Crest Trail via Tijeras as a separate trail on alltrails.

great views awesome workout

The directions link from AllTrails to Google maps actually shows the trailhead at 3 Gun Springs which eventually connects to the South Crest Trail. You can purchase a Dharma map of the mountains at the local REI store in Albuquerque. the hike to the summit is gorgeous. This trail is challenging. Take LOTS of water. You probably will not be able to find a source of water on the mountain.

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2011

Challenging but beautiful hike that starts at the Embudito TH, climbs to Oso Pass and then on to South Peak. The views from the top are spectacular! Oso Pass is a great place to rest and enjoy nature, shaded, amongst pines. The section of trail around the TH is in the open and gets really hot in the afternoon.

hiking
Thursday, September 02, 2010

This is an incredible trail. It is not for individuals who are looking to play in the sand and rest under the sun. This is a more demanding trail that will take you deep into the dark places of the Sandia Mountains. This trail is suitable for barefoot hiking once you cross into the higher altitudes. I have seen bears and mountain lions on this trail . . . oh my!

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