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trail running
4 hours ago

This review is for trail runners.

For the reasons I dislike this trail, many people love it.

This trail is wide open with no shade and flat for the first couple of miles. It is a terrible trail to run during the summer days or when it is hot. It's literally the worst trail I've ever been on. And the little shade you find you'll have to worry about rattlesnakes.

People love this trail. It does ascend into higher and better terrain. But you've got to get past the awful desert part of it first. Personally I'd rather not get sunburned within 10 minutes of running. I like shade and trees. This trail won't offer you that.
It is easy to run (or hike). If you're an experienced trail runner with elevation change, this won't be difficult. But good god the lack of shade is just brutal. Maybe this trail would be ok in the winter after a light snow fall.
I like shade, trees, and scenery that doesn't include two sweaty dudes making out in the bushes. Yeah. That's the kind of place this is. I have no idea why people love it so much.

backpacking
18 hours ago

Really nice trail with wonderful views. There were lots of fallen trees which made the middle section more of an obstacle course, but just added to the challenge. There was a good amount of snow beyond the burnt area so I lost the trail, but with the help of GPS, I made it to the lake. I made it half way up Pecos Baldy before I deemed it was too slick and dangerous. Overall great time!

trail can easily be picked up by the Santa Fe farmers market, beautiful trail through town

hiking
23 hours ago

trail running
1 day ago

This review is for trail running.
I give this trail a bad review because I just don't like it. Here are the reasons:
I feel like I'm running in a post-apocalyptic world when I'm on this trail. It's flat and ugly and it reminds me of everything I dislike about NM. I realize I'm in the minority on this trail. But I can't stand it. It's just boring.
Pros: If you like easy trails (flat), and seeing people riding their bikes and the dirty river or the scraggly bushes then this trail will be great. You can find shade if you're running the spurs that branch off the main trail you'll find shade of course.
Honestly I don't know why so many people love the Bosque. I guess it's because you get to see a lot of people and the trail is flat. But I think it's pretty ugly in places.

trail running
1 day ago

This review is for trail runners.

First, the pros: If you're training for ultras or any long distance running, La Luz will help with your cardio. It's not an easy trail to run. I run up the trail and then back down. I don't take the tram. I train on this trail...so I don't make it easy. It has beautiful scenery and you'll find plenty of places above 2+ miles for shade or to rest.
This trail is psychologically difficult: it has many switchbacks of varying lengths and it feels like you'll never get to the top. I don't always finish it...just depends on the day. It's a great trail to push your endurance.
Cons: For trail running, this trail can be extremely dangerous. I see runners running fast up the first mile or 2 miles, and you can tell they either 1) are about to burn out or 2) are ignorant or arrogant about their skill level. A runner can slide right off the cliff on this trail with ease, especially on the lower switch backs. This is not the trail to test your speed. You're inviting disaster.
The first mile is a pain in the butt. It's not pretty, and the switch backs climb considerably at the 1 mile mark. It's definitely a good "warm up." Make it to the 1 mile marker switchbacks and then the trail begins to lengthen out. It's not until you're up past 2 miles that the scenery gets interesting. Until then,you're just in the rocks and boulders with no shade. You must get above the 2 mile point before this trail gets good.
Be prepared, especially on weekends, to be sharing the trail. But the higher up you go, the fewer people. I use that as motivation to get high up on the trail.
Watch out for the trail markers...they are worn and it's difficult to see the mileage on them. They need to repaint the posts.
There are trails that cross La Luz...be careful you don't wind up on a different spur and get lost.
This is not a beginner trail, certainly not for trail running (or hiking). It's amazing that you'll see people hiking this without water...or trail runners carrying a single water bottle. Unfortunately you'll see these people every time because the trail is so popular.
So take plenty of water (You're going to be exposed on the rock face for a long time before you get to shade), go slow (seriously, people die on this trail), wear the proper shoes, sunscreen,etc. And be careful...you'll meet people at points in the trail where you can barely move out of the way and if you aren't careful you'll fall 100 feet to your agonizing death.
Dogs aren't much an issue on this trail. I don't think I've ever seen an off leash dog here.
Also: Rattlesnakes. At the lower altitudes, watch out. Don't run during the morning or evening during the summer times. This goes for all the high desert. I worry about snakes more than bears or cougars.
Last thing: Fortunately I don't see many children on this trail. It's really not for kids. If you're wanting to get your kids involved in hiking, don't use this trail as motivation. The first mile is steep and nothing but boulders and cacti. It's way too difficult for younger children.

trail running
1 day ago

This review is to help trail runners.
First, the pros:
I've never met but a few people on this trail, even on weekends. This includes bikes.
The trails are well marked, so if you want to stick to the loop, you won't have issues.
The scenery is pretty, and you'll get a few really nice views.
The elevation is steady...no real tests if you're an ultra runner or training for races, etc. So it's good for a leisurely 5 mile run.
Cons:
It's extremely rocky and very loose. You can and will twist your ankle on this course. Because of this, you can't really look ahead of you more than a few feet or else you're going to eat it. This is the main reason why I won't run this trail again...you can injure yourself VERY easily. It is NOT smooth.
Birdhouse Ridge veers off to the right almost immediately at the trail head. I suggest going that way first as you'll go up hill for appr. 2.4 miles before turning left on the cut off to meet up with Tunnel Canyon. I believe the cut off is called "West Ridge"...but I"M NOT POSITIVE. It's about .3 miles to Tunnel Canyon Trail. Turn left to go back toward the trail head.
Tunnel Canyon is a flatter trail and descends quickly (assuming you started at Birdhouse). It's pretty fast, although it still has loose rocks. But not as bad as Birdhouse.

This trail is great to try, and is enjoyable...just beware that it is an ankle twister! I don't recommend it for running.
(Just as reference as to "fit level", I regularly run La Luz for training...so Tunnel Canyon isn't challenging).

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

bunch of people have died on this hike, it seems from reading the news

Was a great hike and lots of fun! Too bad the waterfall want running.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike right off the highway. A little elevation change but nothing exhausting. It has a lot of trails inside the loop which are nice for longer or shorter hikes (my 14y.o. lab got tired halfway around so we cut straight back).

Great trail, packed snow, slick in spots. Boots a must, walking poles/sticks helpful!