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blueBlack Pino Trail

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4.6 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,755' 840 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 9,211' 2,807 m
Low: 6,472' 1,973 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Jason Fincher

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

Jason Fincher

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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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May 28, 2019
Robbyn Brown
Apr 28, 2019
Elijah Jans
Mar 21, 2019
Timothy Dykhuis
Hike with Lara and Sam, overnight camp. Altitude sickness at 9,300 ft summit so descended to ~8,600 ft. 13.5mi
Jan 28, 2019
Jo Nord
Snow and ice but still pretty nice
Oct 18, 2018
Scott Watkins
Jul 24, 2018
Kimberly Bannigan
10.8mi
Jun 13, 2018
Jackie Sena
May 16, 2018
Michal P

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