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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    I love this trail. Very scenic and great for dslr photography.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    I love this hiking trail. Great for beginning dslr photography.
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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    A great hike with variety, some steep & rocky sections. Possible to continue all the way up to South Peak, and beyond.
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    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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    5 months ago
    This was my first mountain hike in New Mexico. It was winter with fresh snowfall over a dense snowpack so I lost the trail a couple of times, but it was easy to find again. Lots of wildlife, very relaxing hike!
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    5 months ago
    The trail is popular and well maintained. Great views! Very crowded later in the day though.
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    5 months, 4 weeks ago
    Beautiful views, great hike when covered in snow. My dog was in heaven. Definitely on the moderate strenuous inbound.
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    6 months, 4 weeks ago
    Great afternoon hike with great views. A definite must hike in the Sandia’s.
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    7 months, 2 weeks ago
    Truly one of our favorite hikes, especially in the fall when pinions are at their best. Sometimes excessive, unleashed dogs on the trail can be quite distracting. We have found that hiking mid-week is best to avoid the crowds and unruly dogs. A great location for a decent workout close to town.
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    7 months, 4 weeks ago
    I went early and there was only one other person on the trail. It was crisp at 26 degrees when I began but warmed up to 50 by my return. Its a beautiful, well-traveled trail with some rock jumping as you get higher. I did not complete the trail as I had a work appointment. I highly recommend to anyone to try at least a portion of La Luz.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    This is an interesting hike that’s best done in the cooler season. It has a mix of very easy stretches punctuated with scrambles over rocks and a long switchback out of the steep walls of the embudo canyon. The top of the hike, which meets two other popular trails, greets you with a collection of very different and all exquisite views. You get a rock face to the east, a seemingly endless series of mountains to the south, and a view of the city and beyond to the west. I can’t think of anywhere else in the Sandias that gives you so much variety to look at.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Long stretches of easy punctuated with scrambles and switchback climbs
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Fun loop. Great terrain. Go counterclockwise. Take backup nav just in case - there are a few false trails on the Northern part of the route. Would not do in slippery conditions.
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    8 months, 3 weeks ago
    La Luz is the most popular hike in the Sandias. It’s quite beautiful and interesting. Best hiked spring and fall.
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    9 months, 1 week ago
    This hiking counter-clockwise, this hike quickly gets steep and stays that way as you walk up a ridge. But the steepness is easy to ignore as the views are spectacular on that whole climb. I cut my hike short bath the unnamed path that splits this hike to give me a beautiful 2-1/2 mile workout. Though that cutoff is very steep, the path heading back is fairly flat and makes a pleasant and interesting walk out.
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    10 months ago
    Climbed it on a day without much wind, which was phenomenal. Fuel up and this trail is stunning!!
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Very nice
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    This out and back hike is a good workout. The first 2.5 miles are pretty exposed and hot in the summer, but there’s nice tree cover once you reach the intersection with Embudo, and there are great views West and South as you make your way toward Oso Pass. You can continue another 1.5 miles up Embudito from Oso Pass to reach South Peak, and there are lots of options for extending this hike or making loops if you’d like.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    This was a very nice hike through misty shaded pine forest. It’s a pretty easy trail and a good hike for families. I’d even recommend this trail for smaller children, even if they just go a little way.
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    1 year, 2 months 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 year, 2 months 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 year, 2 months 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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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Great East mountains hike just off I-40.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Kinda tough. Always beautiful!
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    1 year, 3 months 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 year, 3 months 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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    1 year, 6 months ago
    This is the best area to cross country ski in the Sandia’s. The trails range from a Jeep road to back country hiking trails.
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    Loop up whitewash and down embudo. Starts and ends at Indian school trailhead.
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    1 year, 7 months ago
    Hike it in freshly fallen snow. It was wonderful.
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    2 years ago
    La Luz is one of the most popular in Albuquerque!
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    2 years, 1 month ago
    This is a beautiful trail in the shade, and not difficult
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    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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    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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