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100 mi 160 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 0 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 14 Trails

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Recommended Routes in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 6

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Favorite Water flowing amongst moss blanketed rocks
Difficult

Domingo Baca Trail / TWA Flight 260 crash site

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,142' Up 653.03 m Up 2,142' Down 653 m Down

Sandia…, NM
Favorite Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Difficult

Embudo Canyon

6.6 mi 10.7 km 1,712' Up 521.96 m Up 1,714' Down 522.37 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite Barrel Cacti blossom in beautiful spring color.
Intermediate/Difficult

Three Guns to Embudito Trailhead

7.9 mi 12.8 km 2,277' Up 694.16 m Up 2,368' Down 721.8 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite A first look at the beginning of the Embudo Canyon trail!
Difficult

Whitewash Loop

12.9 mi 20.7 km 2,910' Up 886.86 m Up 2,910' Down 886.98 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite Meadow just below Kiwanis Cabin
Difficult

10K Crest Trail Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km 2,267' Up 690.85 m Up 2,273' Down 692.71 m Down

Sandia…, NM
Favorite Fall colors on the 10k Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

North 10k Trail and Osha Loop Trail

7.6 mi 12.2 km 1,272' Up 387.8 m Up 1,268' Down 386.37 m Down

Sandia…, NM

Trails in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 25

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7.7 mi 12.3 km #1La Luz Trail
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 34 
4.6 mi 7.5 km #2Pino Trail
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 27 
5.3 mi 8.6 km #3Embudito Trail #192
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 11 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #4Cienega Trail #148
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
16.1 mi 25.9 km #5South Crest Trail #130
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM 11 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #6Whitewash Trail
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
1.7 mi 2.8 km #7Embudo Horse Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
3.1 mi 5.0 km #8Embudo Trail
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
2.9 mi 4.6 km #9Domingo Baca
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
10.6 mi 17.1 km #10North Crest Trail #130N
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
5.8 mi 9.4 km #11Piedra Lisa Trail #135
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km #12South Sandia Peak Trail
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
4.1 mi 6.6 km #13Tres Pistolas (Three Gun Springs) Trail
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
8.6 mi 13.9 km #14Faulty Trail #195
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
2.8 mi 4.5 km #15Cañoncito Trail #150
Intermediate
Sandia Knolls, NM
Intermediate
Sandia Knolls, NM
1.6 mi 2.6 km #16Switchback Trail #271
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
3.2 mi 5.1 km #17Ellis Trail #202
Difficult
Placitas, NM
Difficult
Placitas, NM
4.6 mi 7.3 km #18Osha Spring Trail #247
Difficult
Placitas, NM
Difficult
Placitas, NM
1.7 mi 2.7 km #19Peñasco Blanco Trail #259
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
2.6 mi 4.2 km #20Osha Loop Trail #201
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
1.8 mi 2.9 km #21Barts Trail #225
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #22Sidewinder #61
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
1.3 mi 2.1 km #23Upper Faulty #195A
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #24Hawk Watch Trail
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
0.9 mi 1.4 km #25Foothills to Whitewash Connector
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM

Photos of Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 48

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South Peak trail looking southwest toward ABQ Sunport and Kirtland AFB.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
Summit of South Peak Sandia Mountains. Looking towards North peak. Taken February 2020.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
On the way to the South Sandia Peak from the South Crest
Apr 14, 2019 near Carnuel, NM
Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Feb 29, 2016 near Carnuel, NM
South peak trail with the summit in view. February 2020 trail conditions.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
The radio towers can be seen if you look closely
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
More scenic views from the trail
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
View from one of the many switchbacks.
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM