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Pino Trail

16 reviews #1 hike out of 11 in
8.9 mi
Distance
4 hrs 9 min
Time
terrain
2,763 ft
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Overview

This is a steep out and back trail in Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area.

This first mile is a gradual climb out of the Elena Gallegos picnic area. Once you reach the wilderness boundary, you'll be in trees up to the top.

There is one spring about a mile from the top. (It's not much more than a trickle. You could filter water here if needed, but you're better off just carrying another quart of water.)

The terrain is generally sandy/small gravel. Occasional rocky sections. If you have the stamina for nearly 3,000 feet of vertical, it's great for trail running.

Not many opportunities for a good view. At the top, go 20 feet south on the Grand Enchantment trail to a rocky crop for the best view.

During the hot summer months, try to start early. The trail is well shaded until the late morning.

Getting Started

The trailhead is in the Elena Gallegos picnic area. It costs $1 on weekdays and $2 on weekends. The trailhead is clearly marked.

Taking Children

Pino trail is steep, but not dangerous. There's really no where that a child could fall off of a cliff.


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    11 months ago
    Great Hike for my 73rd birthday preparation for the Grand Canyon at the end of the month. Quite challenging and hard on your feet on the way down. Time 4h 10mn, 10mn rest at the top.
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    1 year, 3 months ago
    I love this hiking trail. Great for beginning dslr photography.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    This is a great hike for iNaturalist nerds like me because of the diversity of plants and wildlife.
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    2 years, 1 month ago
    I love this trail. The scenery changes so much throughout the hike. The mileage is actually closer to 9 miles but I wandered around a bit at the top. Photos are hazy due to smoke from a forest fire in Arizona.
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    3 years, 7 months ago
    The trail is pretty narrow through foliage near the top. During summer, wear pants rather than shorts if possible. I run this trail every couple of weeks. Since Thanksgiving, there has been snow for the last couple of miles. I recommend poles and shoes with good lugs for traction.
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