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    1 day, 12 hours ago
    The views 100 miles out are stunning. The trail has soft footing with some challenges. There were lots of fallen trees to go around and over. Sandia Crest was our lunch spot before we descended through a confusing mix of trails to get back to the 10k TH. GPS is a must to get through the multiple trail crossovers on the descent. One of my favorite hikes!!!!
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    1 week, 1 day ago
    Great hike though challenging! Once you top mostly on whitewash, there are wonderful piñon trees, oak and juniper. Wildflowers, birds and some ladybugs were abundant. Dry conditions, moisture is needed per usual. Recommend this hike!
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    1 week, 5 days ago
    Nice easy hike. Most of the ground is soft pack dirt, not a lot of rocks if you stick to the trail. Great view of Sandia south peak. A bit of confusion on finding the spring. Maps show it off the east branch but as I came across the north edge found marker post pointing west for 1.4 miles. Found a non marker trail near the top of the west side of the trail, had potential of being where the spring would be.
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    2 weeks, 1 day ago
    Great East mountains hike just off I-40.
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    2 weeks, 6 days ago
    Kinda tough. Always beautiful!
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    Starting at trailhead for 3-Gun springs, this loop takes a tour of two separate routes to South Sandia Peak. In this hike you get amazing views of the Sandia Mountains in all directions and from every elevation. As soon as you cross into the national forest, you bear right (East) to follow Hawk Watch Trail. Hawk Watch is a typical Sandia lower elevation trail for 2/3 of its length; it is exposed to lots of sun and takes you through a scenic desert environment. Easy and moderate climbing, until you reach the upper third of its length. There is about 3/4-mile at the top of Hawk Watch where your legs get a tough workout. Switchbacks are gone and you plow straight up the mountain on a very steep grade. Very strenuous for a bit. Just ahead of joining the Creat Trail, piñon trees begin to provide some occasional shade. You follow the Crest for a mile or two, and the grade feels downright easy after the top of Hawk Watch. On the crest, you peek a brilliant western view of the city and the volcanic wonderland beyond, then you cut to see some eastern views. When you hit the easy turn for Embudito, you are taking an easy stroll through a ton of those Oak Shrubs which cover this mountain. Embudito will lead you west over the top of the mountain and serving up one of the best views on the mountain, looking down the Embudito valley. A clear sign on that top ridge points to a trail leading north to the South Peak. The South Peak trail is almost flat with a couple sections where you climb around on some boulders, but nothing technical or beyond the ability of a hiker that reaches it. South Peak is a brilliant view in all directions, with an especially breathtaking view looking north down the length of the Sandia Sierra. Head back to Embudito if you can pull yourself off the summit. Take Embudito west down the mountain and enjoy great city views and views to the south as well. You will hit 3-Gun about 1.5 or 2 miles west of the turn into Embudito. Hang a left to head south in 3-Gun (there is a gray signpost to show the path of Embudito and 3-Gun. The walk south on 3-Gun back to the car is another easy 4 miles or so. The top mile or two of 3-Gun are great with views west and south and lots of delightful things to see like a stream and several of the Sandia medallion trees.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    This is an out and back which increasingly gets steeper until you turn around. It also goes much further than where the app shows the turnaround to be. I turned around where the app indicated but would have gone on had my wife not thrown in the towel already. I wouldn’t do this one in summer. Bring food and snacks!
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    4 months, 1 week ago
    Loop up whitewash and down embudo. Starts and ends at Indian school trailhead.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hike it in freshly fallen snow. It was wonderful.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    La Luz is one of the most popular in Albuquerque!
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    This is a beautiful trail in the shade, and not difficult
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Trails transitioning from snow covered to patchy snow/ice. A lot of downed trees, due to recent high winds. Still a favorite hike though.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    It's not the most interesting hike in the foothills. It's an easy way to add some miles when running other trails (such as Trail 365.)
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    1 year, 5 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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