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Recommended Routes in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 6

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Favorite The view of the Sandia ridgeline from the trail, with the tramway cables visible overhead. The upper station of the tramway is visible on the right side of the picture. The crash site is at the base of the large rock formation on the left.
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 Near Three Guns Trail
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

Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area Hiking

  • 164 Miles 263 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 22 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 26

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7.7 mi 12.3 km #1La Luz Trail
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 40 
4.6 mi 7.5 km #2Pino Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 29 
5.3 mi 8.6 km #3Embudito Trail #192
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 13 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #4Cienega Trail #148
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #5Hawk Watch Trail
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
2.5 mi 4.0 km #6Survey trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
16.1 mi 25.9 km #7South Crest Trail #130
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM 11 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #8Whitewash Trail
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
10.6 mi 17.1 km #9North Crest Trail #130N
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
1.7 mi 2.8 km #10Embudo Horse Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM

Photos of Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 55

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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 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
Near Three Guns Trail
May 13, 2021 near Carnuel, NM
The view of the Sandia ridgeline from the trail, with the tramway cables visible overhead. The upper station of the tramway is visible on the right side of the picture. The crash site is at the base of the large rock formation on the left.
Aug 18, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
View from the end of Domingo Baca... Involved scrambling for at least half a mile up steep grades with loose soil and rocks.
May 5, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
South peak trail with the summit in view. February 2020 trail conditions.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM