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“Beautiful Day Hike”
Review of La Luz Trail

La Luz Trail
Ranked #19 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
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Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Day Hike”
Reviewed 23 May 2013 via mobile

Hiked on a Thursday and only encountered a handful of people early on in my trip. Parked at the base of the tram. Took the 2.6m Tramway Trail to the junction with La Luz (0.9m into the La Luz trail). I intended to take a more direct secondary trail to Sandia Crest, but somehow missed that turn off and ended up continuing up La Luz.

Not surprising... For this "flat lander" from the east coast, I'm used to overly marked trails due to foliage. I'm glad I found a great trip report online (good cell coverage on the hike) and followed their step by step review (I had a topo, but there are quite a few cut throughs and unmarked trails, it rendered it relatively useless to navigate by trail, but was still consistent for navigating by terrain).

La Luz was beautiful and being that I hadn't acclimated quite yet, I had a love/hate relationship with all the switchbacks. After the 5.0m marker on the trail there are a lot of switchbacks (the trail has over 20 total) through large rock/scree fields. 5.7m on La Luz. Elevation exchange of 3,775'. Then took the 0.6m Crest Spur Trail that gained 587'. There were stairs!!! Once I got up top, I had to go to the north side of the building to reach the summit. 360 degree views shared with those that drove up. (It was cold and windy. I needed a sweatshirt.)

Then I went south along the South Crest Trail for 1.8m. There were some beautiful meadows, soft trails (felt good after the hike up), and amazing overlooks out on the ridge of the crest. I arrived at the tram less 6.5 hours after I started and after spending a little time relaxing (there was a nice looking restaurant at the tram stop, but I was way to smelly to even consider going in, maybe some other time when I'm in ABQ), I took the tram back down (less than 10 minutes). 7 hours all around, 11m, over 4k' elevation change.

Bring water!!! I had 128 oz. I drank 3/4 before I went down and felt appropriately hydrated, which is important at elevation.

It was a great hike and a beautiful day. I hope the area gets some rain, it was way too dry so early in the season.

Visited May 2013
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Edgewood, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
97 attraction reviews
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“Not for the weak of heart”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

The La Luz trail is a fairly difficult 6 to 7 hour hike to the top of the Sandia Mountain and should not be attempted by those who have trouble walking or who haven't hiked a lot. It can be treacherous at times with many loose rocks and steep walks and one needs to start in the morning in order to get to the top before it gets dark and cold. Because it will get cold in the summer. You don't want to walk this trail in the dark. There are no sources of water along the trail so bring plenty of your own and a good pair of hiking boots. You might also want to bring along food to munch along the way. There is a restaurant at the top, but it serves mostly fast food. One of the best ways to take this trail is to have someone drop you off at the trail-head, hike up and then take the Tram down and have someone pick you up at the base of the Tram. Don't assume that this is an easy hike, regardless what others tell you. Be prepared and you will have a good time with great views and a good chance at seeing native wildlife.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Popular but can be treacherous”
Reviewed 18 April 2013

A challenging trail with substantial elevation gain and gorgeous views leading to the summit of the Sandia Mtns. Unfortunately many unaware tourists have gotten lost or stranded due to lack of preparation. Go with someone who's hiked it and knows the trail.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Worthy Hiking Trail”
Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

If you like to hike, this is a really nice way to spend a day in Albuquerque. There are several options that provide a moderately strenuous hike with great views of the Albuquerque area.

Visited April 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Crest bound”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

This is a nice trail to really get out and stretch your legs. You can head up all the way to the crest or turn around when ever need be. In the summer start early so your out of the mid day sun. Overall great hiking trail with trail head just north of town.

Visited October 2012
Thank Andrew M
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