Hike the Piedra Lisa Trail

New Mexico Piedra Lisa South Trailhead

Added by Tristan Willey

Be up into the trees on a rugged climb to some of the most stellar views of the city and mountains available, all within a 5 minute drive into the center of town. 

Up near the iconic La Luz Trailhead is a smaller and somewhat hidden trail a little farther up the road, Piedra Lisa Trail.  This short two mile climb to the ridge that divides the view of Albuquerque and Placitas tops out at a rocky outcrop that provides simply stellar views of the city and to the other side Placitas and onward towards Northern New Mexico.  

The trail is a steady climb the can be mildly rocky at points on slightly loose surface.  Dogs are welcome and frequently seen along the way, with their owners who use this as a frequent and local outing that provides a quick and beautiful outdoor opportunity. 

The trail does link up with forks from other Sandia Mountain trails allowing for the hike to be extended to a point to point trail over to Placitas, NM, or extended into a slightly longer 5.1 miles loop.  

Really a wonderful and invigorating hike right at the city limits that gives you quick access to forest shade and stellar views.  

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Liter of water 
  • Small snack 
  • Light layers 
  • Camera 
  • Sturdy shoes 
  • Sunscreen
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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about 2 months ago

Great All Levels Hike

This hike took a little under three hours and it was really scenic. The trail wasn't crowded, either. I hiked it in Teva sport sandals and it wasn't too intense. You may have a hard time finding the trail, especially if you rely on directions from Google or the iPhone maps app. I ended up looking up directions on a national parks website or something, after being directed to the wrong trail. You turn right off of Tramway after the turn off for the Sandia Peak tram.

about 2 months ago

4 months ago

Great View From The Top

Amazing views from the time you start until you've made it to the top! Great trail!

4 months ago

Added by Tristan Willey

A distiller and bar owner who splits his time between Albuquerque, NM and Brooklyn, NY. Running, hiking, climbing and camping to balance out the whiskey and the beer.

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