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Pino Trail

 17 votes

Length

4.6 Miles 7.5 Kilometers


Elevation

2,755' 840 m

Ascent

-16' -5 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

9,211' 2,807 m

High

6,472' 1,973 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 26 days ago
Mostly Dry - From around mile 4 on there is ice until you hit the Crest junction. History

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

Jason Fincher

Overview

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.
Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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Mar 26, 2018
Franz Sturm
A gorgeous hike from high desert to the top, will certainly go again. 9.4mi — 4h 05m
Dec 14, 2017
Dustin Galuppo
Not super technical, but it’ll make you work for it. The first half was a nice gradual climb. The second half was a bit more fun. Great views. 9.2mi
Dec 10, 2017
C Ellsworth
Nov 19, 2017
Linda Wosick
Oct 19, 2017
Derek Fisher
Sep 11, 2017
Ron Batcher
7.2mi
Aug 26, 2017
Sabrina Tavella
5 hours 4.6mi
Aug 26, 2017
Hannah S

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  4.7 from 17 votes

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