Sandia Park, New Mexico

Hike the 10K Loop

5.2 Miles Total - 700 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Tristan Willey

From this high altitude trailhead you have access to miles and miles of varying trails in all directions. 

10K trailhead springs from it a whole handful of beautiful trails.  With access to a rocky path that leads off into raw wilderness, a clean and smooth walking, hiking, and mountain biking trail covered by tall pine canopy, or a wide cut service road ideal for easy strolls, you have plenty of options for any kind of outing.  You can put together any number of different length and challenging options from this spot, including the chance to connect to the Osha Trail, Crest Ridge Trail, service and access trails, and the 10k loop.  You can hike, run, or mountain bike for a quick loop or up to 26 miles of unending national forest. 

Of note: 10k Trailhead is the name of the trailhead and the loop trail stemming out of the trailhead, and is not in fact the length of the trail but the altitude for which it is named for! 

During fall the aspen groves and scrub oaks change into an astonishing array of colors making for a most excellent photo adventure.  

The approaching drive is a beautiful curvy and perfectly paved mountain roads with ridiculous views.  Be careful on the drive of the numerous and regularly present deer, turkeys, raccoons, bears, coyotes, and even the rare mountain lion. 

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Fitness
Photography
Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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