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Trail very poorly marked. lots of dead fall.

1 day ago

This trail rocks! Did the full 13.5 miles in 5.25 hours. We hit the trailhead at 1:30 pm, got to the top by 4:15, stopped long enough for a quick snack, then jogged to the bottom. I was at my car by 6:45! Great ass kicker!

Be safe and have fun.

1 day ago

Nice hike and some good views! Some spots of loose rock/gravel.

1 day ago

Great day hike with beautiful views. There is still snow on the top portion of the trail so trekking poles and possibly micro spikes will be a help. Pino is not as strenuous or long as La Luz but will give you a good workout.

Enjoyed the trail, great views. Didn’t find the springs...

Tough trail, lots of boulders but with nice breaks of relatively level sand. Lightly trafficked so you’re not passing or yielding to other hikers all the time

Nice easy hike. If you want to avoid the bikers I recommend taking the side trails. Very pleasant overall.

Great hike; take the miners trail on the way back to the starting route for beautiful vistas. It borders being strenuous at some points and isn’t well marked, so bring GPS if you take that part of the loop. Saw deer, horned toad, birds.

2 days ago

I did La Luz today, March 17, 2018. I am from Indiana, a Flatlander they call us Hoosiers. I am glad I took advice to get poles and microspikes while visiting Albuquerque last year. They were invaluable today. I traveled from Tram connection trail to La Luz and up to the tram. The views are inspiring and I learned much from a local who hiked with me. The different biomes that one travels though on this hike are a welcome feeling as I felt as though I enter different forests all on one hike. Take time to look back at where you came from to see many formations. Always be careful and bring spikes when attempting while snow and ice are still on the trails, as they were today. I saw one person at the tram fall and cut their hand open and suggest that they wished they had had my poles and spikes. If one were to fall on the LaLuz, it could result in death. Be careful and be rewarded.

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

3 days ago

very pretty overlook, could have marked the trail a little bitbetter but overall it was very hiker friendly.

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Awesome trail.

I went on a Thursday morning . I had the place to myself. The trails were marked moderate and were that. They were well marked . Scenery was great especially all the different mine shafts. I had a wonderful few hours.

great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

Take water , snacks and get ready for a pretty intense hike, a good amount of climbing and amazing views. stay on the trail and be mindful of your GPS or alltrails app as there are places where it is easy to get lost. my buddy and I took 2 cars and had a few "accidental detours" that added 2 hours... ouch

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

This trail was beautiful but with all the debris, it was very difficult to get up the mountain. There also is no clear trail so be sure you have your map ready. I really enjoyed this hike, but it should be marked as Hard because I took novice hikers with me and they really struggled.

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but doable. Make sure to leave in the morning because it gets hot. I started around 10 am and got back around 2 pm. It's uphill all the way but not too bad. Finding the trail is a little hard. Go to the group camp site. Across from the bathroom there is a yellow warning sign that talks about how dangerous the mountains are (heed the warning!). The trail is behind the warning sign. If you can't find the trail look for the wooden fence that crosses over from the campsites to the desert. From there the trail is pretty easy to follow. There are some places where you might get lost but just look for the carans. There are two auroras that you have to cross over. When you get about a mile from the end of the trail there will be a small hand written sign where the trail forks off to sugarloaf or to pinetree/pass. Go to the right towards pinetree/pass. About a quarter mile to the end you'll encounter a campsite with a fire ring and some wood someone has been collecting. This would be a really nice place to camp. From there it is a little hard to find the top/to find the trail again. It's to right of the campsite.

I could not find directions to the trailhead - but I turned onto a dirt road after some dumpsters. It looks like the trail is supposed to start right there at the intersection of Ladera Canyon Rd (improved dirt road) & Cuates Canyone Rd (unimproved dirt road). But, I drove up Cuates Rd .2 miles and parked on the open area there. We began the Archebach Canyon hike. There are no signs or trail markers - I just followed the GPS of AllTrails map. As others have said, I would call this a Moderate, not Easy hike. The trail has lots of loose rock going up & down. We hiked in about a mile and then turned around (out hike was a bit short of what it said the distance would be because we drive in .2 miles). The hike had nice views & was rugged. We saw a Desert Cardinal when we were just about back to the truck. I would like to know what that cement retaining wall and the cement with a paw print and writing (either 1932 or 1982 (probably the ladder) are about??

Fantastic hike! Gorgeous vistas, well maintained trail, but not a stroll in the park. Challenging and fun!

Great hike to do on a snowy Sunday. The tram was busy but the rest of the trail was empty.

Decided to wander out here the other day. Really beautiful trail. Not too difficult in terms of elevation climb. The main trail is well marked. There are a lot of trails forking off the main trail that just go in different directions in the mountains which makes it a little confusing at some parts but just follow the main trail and you will be fine. I didn't end up going all the way to the end. Towards the last half mile I found a side trail that followed up a ridge. I am not exactly sure which mountain it was around me but on the loop to the right there is a little bit where the trail forks off, I think the trail up the mountain is right there. You go up the mountain and then just skirt the top. You can get really high and it is just so beautiful. You can see so many things. I kept thinking I was at the top of the mountain but then I would get over the hump and end up in another bass/canyon. I walked for about a mile and a half off the trail and it kept going. I want to come back and explore and see what I can find. Go out there with enough daylight to just get lost in the mountains! (not literally haha)

Fun hike, not too strenuous. Great views from the top!

Pros: Beautiful views, manageable hike, great wildlife spot (We saw a herd of bighorn sheep)
Cons: Can be crowded if you go at the wrong time. Water is more warm than hot. You need a truck or SUV to get there. The road is rough.

7 days ago

Hiked in early-march. Trail was very well marked. Snow was well packed on the trail, which was about 3-4 ft. wide. If you stumbled off of the trail, the snow would rise past your shins. Views were remarkable, even with the lake frozen. Trekking up the mountain was moderately challenging due to the elevation, the way down was a blast. Dogs loved the trail.

8 days ago

This hike has the best view from the top! It snowed on us the whole way. One thing it doesn’t tell you is when you reach what looks like end on this app you reach a intersection and go through the fence and it takes you to the top! Great time for sure

Waterfall was frozen when I hiked this trail but still cool!

8 days ago

This trail kicked my ass and scared me stiff on that last two miles to the tram. I started at 1 pm and didn’t get to the tram until 6:30. I had to do the scariest part in the dark. Make sure you leave enough time to get to the tram before dark and bring poles and micro spikes if there is snow and ice. Seriously. People die on this trail from falls.

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