La Luz Trail

#1 of 3 trails in elena gallegos picnic area

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8.8 mile trail at the north end of the Sandias, goes from the base of the mountain to the peak at 10,678'. Beautiful views of the Albuquerque valley to the west.

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Amber Harper-Slaboszewicz (108)

3 Completed2 Reviews

This hike is steep and hot at the beginning, but so worth it. The trail enters beautiful and dynamic forest shortly, and there are gorgeous views of the city and the mountains. Take more water than you need, as well as layers and sturdy boots. You wind up hiking across a rockslide for a mile or so in the middle. It may rain on summer afternoons, so be prepared.

If you go on a summer weekend and plan to take the tram down, prepare for a long wait. We wound up hiking back down rather than wait three hours. There is a restaurant at the top ("High Finance") where you can get a good salad or bowl of soup before hiking back down.

Kaley Barrow (421)

15 Completed11 Reviews

Uphill climb. Beautiful views. We hiked in the spring, so there was snow that we wouldn't have been able to get through without better equipment past a certain point. We turned around at the overlook (5 miles in), because the snow got bad right after that. The overlook was a nice spot to sit and eat our lunch while soaking in the view.

Ginger Hindman (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

We hiked the Tram Trail to the La Luz, the Tram trail is not well marked and we missed the first junction to the La Luz, so added some time. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get to the top. We took the Tram down for $12. I saw a guy at the bottom with a detailed trail map that I will get for next time.

Isaiah N. (133)

Great views!! Thin air with narrow single track paths. Watch your step!!

John Byer (47)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I can't believe I haven't hiked this one before. New favorite trail around ABQ without question. Hiked up and back down in 5:08. Burly, but amazing.

Kimberly Ferland (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome. Great views! Family of 5 (kids 12,10, 5). Had to carry the little guy for about 3 miles in the middle.

Heather Evans (62)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Gary Hornbeck (102)

2 Completed2 Reviews

GREAT HIKE! This is not a trail for beginner. The scenery of this trail is breathtaking. We parked at the base of the tram and hiked up to the summit and rode the tram back down. It added some mileage on the way up but we needed a exit plan due to the thunderstorms that were predicted for the afternoon. Only complaint I have was when we got behind a group of teenagers who were being loud. Parents please teach you kids to be quiet and respectful when hiking.

Kimberly Powell (923)

7 Completed6 Reviews

I really enjoyed the trails. Absolutely breathtaking views.

Kevin McDonald (37)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Yesterday we hiked the La Luz trail to the summit, and conditions were ok. The first five miles were easy and clear. The next three had snow in places. We had to slow down to go over the snow, but we did not sink in or slide, even thought we did not use ski poles or wear spikes. The whole trip took five hours. We started at 10 am and finished at 3 pm. We'll go up again soon, perhaps this weekend.