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“You Don't Want to "Luz" Out!”
Review of La Luz Trail

La Luz Trail
Ranked #22 of 222 things to do in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
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Portales, New Mexico
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73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“You Don't Want to "Luz" Out!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

La Luz is a great trail to take if you are looking for something to do in Albuquerque but don’t feel like driving far. The trailhead is easily accessible from town, being located just outside of the city limits. When we hiked it, we parked one vehicle at the base of the Tram, and took another vehicle to the trailhead (this will save you around two miles of hiking). The trail takes you from the base of the Sandias, all the way to the crest; from here you get a great view of Albuquerque. Once we got to the crest, we hiked to the Tram where we bought a one way ticket ($12.00) to take us down the mountain. The trail was only eight miles (one way), and even though we took our time, it only took us four hours to make the climb.

Visited June 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Beautiful hike this time of year!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We hiked all the way up to the top and rode the tram down, as I wasn't sure if my knees could handle coming back down. I'm only 38, but the last hike we did in Oregon was straight up, so coming back down was worse than going up. So, I was expecting this to be the same....it's not. It's basically a lot of switchbacks, which made it such an easy (for me) and enjoyable hike. It was 99 degrees in ABQ, but once we got to the 4 mile mark, it become more shady and cooler. Bring lots of water, bananas/energy gels and some snacks if you plan to hike all the way up to the top. The best part? Getting to have lunch and a beer as a reward at the top at High Finance restaurant!

Visited June 2014
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Destin, FL
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Perfect day trip for hiking or picnic”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Perfect day trip for hiking or picnic...trail is perfect, offers wonderful vistas of Albuquerque, easy to get to, lots to see and take in-vegetation, wildlife, dried creek beds, and of course the mountains. Great for couples or the kids.

Visited June 2013
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“A very enjoyable hike!”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

I've hiked this trail twice, and I can't say how much fun this trail is. It has some challenging spots but for the most part it's a nice hike. Parked at the tram lot, rode the tram up and hiked back down. 10 miles total. If you have 4-6 hours to kill this trail is perfect.

Visited March 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“An Albuquerque treasure”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

The La Luz Trail is a great place to hike and experience some beautiful scenery. The trail can be dense and steep at times so be prepared for that. If it has been raining recently you should also plan on passing through water and stepping in the creek. I'll be returning here in the future.

Visited September 2013
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