South Sandia Peak

#10 of 53 trails in Cibola National Forest
South Sandia Peak is a 12 mile loop trail located near Cedar Crest, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.

12.0 miles 2300 feet Loop
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Caleb Sanders
17 days ago

16 Completed16 Reviews

Jeff Hakes
11 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Dave W.
4 years ago

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
5 years ago

28 Completed16 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!