Overview South Sandia Peak is a 12 mile out and back trail located near Cedar Crest, New Mexico and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. Reviews Photos Tracks Dave Weaver about 2 years ago N/A: 2 Completed 2 Reviews 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. Krysta Hucke (838) over 3 years ago N/A: 28 Completed 16 Reviews 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!