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7.7 mile 12.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,467' 1,057 m
Descent: -213' -65 m
High: 10,287' 3,135 m
Low: 7,033' 2,144 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)


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Trail shared by Jason Fincher

A popular, trail that rewards hikers with amazing views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.

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The trail is open from sunrise to sunset daily. It is usually impassible after five miles in the winter months due to snow. It can also be closed due to fire danger in summer months. Check trail conditions before heading out here.


From Interstate 25, take exit 234 - Tramway Road NE (Route 556) to the East for 4 miles. Turn left (North) on Juan Tabo. Look for signs on the right that will take you to the La Luz Trailhead. There is a $3 parking fee per car, cash only.

The trail is well worn and marked. The lower trail is crisscrossed by a spider web of secondary trails. Just stay on the most worn path. This is a strenuous climb from the start and should not be tackled without some preparation and the proper equipment. The peak is much cooler than the trailhead, especially in the spring and fall. Warm layers should be carried. There are no points on this trail to collect water and during the summer it can be very hot. Hikers should carry at least two quarts of water per person and plan for lunch or snacks along the way.

This can be done as a one-way or an out-and-back. Mileage shown is for a one-way trip. One-way hikers can enjoy a tram ride down from the peak for $12. Out-and-back hikers should plan for an early start to have light for their descent.

Flora & Fauna

This trail passes through three distinct climate zones. The lower trail is consistent with the Albuquerque highlands characterized by sparse high desert scrub forest with juniper and piñon pines as well as cholla cactus and prickly pear. The middle portion of the trail is shaded by an alpine forest of ponderosa pines and spruces. The upper trail continues to display the evergreens in greater density as well as groves of quaking aspen. Wild flowers are abundant in the later spring and early summer.


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May 6, 2019
Matt Krauss
still snow as of 6 May covering some dicey parts between 5.5-6.5 miles in. other than that. EPIC hike that is among South Kaibab and some in Zion. 6.7mi
May 5, 2019
Alissa Fisher
Started at 8:45 8.4mi — 5h 00m
Apr 30, 2019
Robbyn Brown
Apr 28, 2019
Shauna J
Mar 20, 2019
John Sweeny
snow above about 9000 ft 8mi — 5h 00m
Dec 15, 2018
Jordan Gines
Sep 29, 2018
Jennifer Chuang
Sep 22, 2018
Tarah Nelson

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