Trek through the pines and arid plants to see the Sandias Mountains, wildlife, and intriguing rock features.

Take Simms Park road (continue straight through the roundabout) all the way until it ends. There is a parking area right by the trailhead. Enjoy the views of the Sandias Mountains and the pines. 

Photos: Rocky AhounddiggityEugene Kim

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Snack
  • Camera
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RT Distance 8.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 2726 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic
Wildlife

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Nice Day Hike

Not super technical, but it makes you work.

almost 2 years ago

Beautiful hike in the Sandia Mountains

We visited ABQ for the first time in November. The city is backed up against the Sandia Mountains… Spanish for Watermelon, referring to the pinkish color the mountains take on during sunsets, wowzas! The mountains are extremely close to town offering a quick and easy escape from city life. We set off on the Pino Trail. Our plan was to hike Pino to the Crest trail to the Sandia Peak Tramway which we would then take back down the mountain. However, we did not pick the best day for the trek and ended up hiking into a rain storm and turned around halfway. Looking for a longer hike? We also heard great things about the La Luz Trail (14mi) … this one also makes it easy for you to hike up and take the Tram down as well if interested.


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