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Pino Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (30)

A solid climb from the Ellen Gallegos picnic area to the Sandia Crest Trail (#130).


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4.6

Miles

7.5

KM

Point to Point

9,211' 2,807 m

High

6,472' 1,973 m

Low

2,755' 840 m

Up

16' 5 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Upper portions of the trail will be snow covered in the winter. This trail can be closed in the summer due to fire danger.

Visit the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands website for current alerts, closures, and warnings.

Description

From the I-40 head north on Tramway for about 6.2 miles to Simms Park Rd (just north of Academy Rd NE on the right). Follow Simms Park Rd until it dead ends. There are signs for Elena Gallegos Trailhead/ Picnic Area. There is a parking fee of $1 on weekdays, $2 on weekends.

This hike follows narrow singletrack up a strenuous climb through three temperate regions. Mileage provided is one way. This is a great hike to pair with the South Sandia Crest Trail (#130) to the Tram for an easy ride down.

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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Shared By:

Jason Fincher

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  4.6 from 30 votes

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"The Meadow" portion of the Pino Trail. Very pretty!
Aug 10, 2021 near Sandia…, NM
The Pino Trail offers great overlooks of Albuquerque.
Jun 18, 2017 near Sandia…, NM

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Aug 5, 2021
Mark Trujillo
Apr 4, 2021
Adam K
Fun trail with lots of good views. The lower have is especially fun and has good views for a shorter hike. 9mi — 4h 30m
Mar 27, 2021
Private User
Oct 10, 2020
Nick Bustamante
Solid climb, but not very difficult. Excellent foliage and views, especially in the Fall. We had a GREAT time!!! — 2h 00m
Jul 18, 2020
Adam Longbotham
Stopped at medallion tree 3.2mi
Jul 5, 2020
Judy Hiker
Excellent trail; My 22 year-old son leads the way...and I don't see him until we get to the top. A very nice day. 9mi — 4h 00m
Jun 21, 2020
RICHARD GUIDI
8h 00m
May 10, 2020
Ally Heredia
With the pups 4.6mi — 1h 00m