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.
- Day pack
- Liter of water
- Small snack
- Light layers
- Sturdy shoes
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