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La Luz Trail

Sandia Park, NM

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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The Volcanoes - Petroglyph National Monument
by Courtney Haanpaa

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Tramway Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Domingo Baca Trail #230/TWA Canyon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail. Approximately 3.6-3.7 miles to the wreckage site from Elena Gallegos at approximately 8600 feet (Elena Gallegos starts at about 6600). The wreckage is strewn along the trail for quite some distance as you continue up. It is a very pretty hike with a lively cool stream good for dipping you hat in to cool off. I consider myself an experienced hiker and would recommend against trying to continue beyond the debris field to the La Luz trail up the Domingo Baca canyon in the strongest possible terms. The debris trail ends approximately 1220-1000 linear feet from the the La Luz trail which lies at approximately 10,100 feet (my GPS battery died before I made it to the La Luz).

Bushwhacking, described by Mr. Young in his excellent review, is an underestimate of the difficulties of continuing up the Domingo Baca canyon to the La Luz trail. Everything bites stick or stings you. Even with long pants I was bleeding profusely from my shins and my arms looked like I had gotten in a fight with a rabid cat. 500 linear feet at an extremely steep incline through dense thorns and fallen trees takes approximately 1 hour minumum. The progress from the end of the debris field to the La Luz took at least 3 hours of intense effort. The incline is extrordinarily steep: it is literally hand over foot as you pull yourself up with your hands and push with feet. It should not be attempted without a good map, GPS, companions and possibly a machete. Walking sticks, good boots with ankle support and or hiking poles are non-negotiable. Personally, I will never attempt the upper Domingo Baca canyon beyond the debris field again.

Regardless fo how you climb to the sandia crest the High Finance restauraunt is a welcome sight and a great place to rest.

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Pino Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I took the tram up then hiked the Crest to the Pino intersection (~3 miles), then down to Elena Gallegos. Eight miles overall, but almost all downhill. I've not yet climbed all the way up, so I figured this was a good way to explore the whole trail. The upper 1.5 miles of the Pino are pretty steep, so I'll be sure to be prepared when I go in the opposite direction. I've hike the lower portion (up to the 3-mile level) many times as an exercise hike and it's definitely one of my favorites as well as a good workout!

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Albuquerque Bosque Bike Path
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a great trail. Crowded on the weekends, but still great. Saturday and Sundays, swing by Bike-In Coffee (take the I-40 east bike path just south of the freeway) for food and coffee. Flying Star on Rio Grande (just south of Montano) is another good midway point.

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Rinconada Canyon - Petroglyph National Monument
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144 Completed 70 Reviews

Nice easy hike; you can bring leashed dogs along. No shade, recommend doing early in the morning in the summer. Halfway along the loop there are some neat Petroglyphs. Watch for snakes!

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Tramway Trail
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144 Completed 70 Reviews

Don't recommend this trail in the summer. We did this in July, there was shade in some areas but it was still hot. Trail marking is okay but we did wander off the trail a bit on the way back to the parking lot. Lots of granite and large rocks, therefore it's not flat. Great views!

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Volcano and Petroglyph Tour
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Most of the trails were closed due to restoration which is fine but you don't find this out till you are already at the separate peaks. Only middle peak was open. Very green though and when open a nice little hike for all ages.

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Domingo Baca Trail #230/TWA Canyon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Lush around the creek.

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Domingo Baca Trail #230/TWA Canyon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice 8ish mile round trip, pretty over grown is some parts. Good incline, really worth the hike. Took my wife and I about 5 hours to complete.

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