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La Luz Trail

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Length


7.7 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


3,467' 1,057 m

Ascent

-213' -65 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

10,287' 3,135 m

High

7,033' 2,144 m

Low

Shared By Jason Fincher

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

Jason Fincher

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Features Views · Wildflowers

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.

Description

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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Dec 15, 2018
Jordan Gines
Sep 29, 2018
Jennifer Chuang
Sep 22, 2018
Tarah Nelson
Sep 22, 2018
Jatin Rawat
7.7mi
Sep 3, 2018
Liesje Gebler
Jun 7, 2018
Doug Sander
Best views in Albuquerque. Go from high desert to alpine in a couple hours. Morning start to avoid the heat. 10.4mi — 4h 30m
Jun 4, 2018
Michael Autenrieth
up and down! 15.2mi
Jun 2, 2018
Onkar Patil
One of the most wonderful trails ever! Views keep getting better as you keep going up! Bring a lot of water! 7.8mi

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  4.8 from 21 votes

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