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99 mi 159 km of trail 7 Runs

Easy Trails 4 Trails Intermediate Trails 21 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails

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Runs in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 7

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Favorite Water flowing amongst moss blanketed rocks
Intermediate/Difficult

Domingo Baca Trail / TWA Flight 260 crash site

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Out and Back • 2,142 ft Ascent 653.03 m Ascent

(29) Sandia…, NM
Favorite Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Intermediate/Difficult

Embudo Canyon

6.6 mi 10.7 km • Loop • 1,712 ft Ascent 521.96 m Ascent

(12) Carnuel, NM
Favorite The radio towers can be seen if you look closely
Difficult

La Luz Trail Race

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Point to Point • 3,654 ft Ascent 1113.73 m Ascent

(2) Sandia…, NM
Favorite Barrel Cacti blossom in beautiful spring color.
Intermediate/Difficult

Three Guns to Embudito Trailhead

7.9 mi 12.8 km • Point to Point • 2,277 ft Ascent 694.16 m Ascent

(4) Carnuel, NM
Favorite A first look at the beginning of the Embudo Canyon trail!
Difficult

Whitewash Loop

12.9 mi 20.7 km • Loop • 2,910 ft Ascent 886.86 m Ascent

(7) Carnuel, NM
Favorite Meadow just below Kiwanis Cabin
Difficult

10K Crest Trail Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km • Loop • 2,267 ft Ascent 690.85 m Ascent

(1) Sandia…, NM
Favorite Fall colors on the 10k Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

North 10k Trail and Osha Loop Trail

7.6 mi 12.2 km • Loop • 1,272 ft Ascent 387.8 m Ascent

(1) Sandia…, NM

Trails in Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 24

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7.7 mi 12.3 km #1La Luz Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
7.7 mi 12.3 km Sandia Heights, NM 32 
4.6 mi 7.5 km #2Pino Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.6 mi 7.5 km Sandia Heights, NM 27 
5.3 mi 8.6 km #3Embudito Trail #192
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
5.3 mi 8.6 km Sandia Heights, NM 10 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Whitewash Trail
Extremely Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Extremely Difficult
3.9 mi 6.2 km Carnuel, NM
16.1 mi 25.9 km #5South Crest Trail #130
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
16.1 mi 25.9 km Carnuel, NM 10 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #6Domingo Baca
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.6 km Sandia Heights, NM
1.7 mi 2.8 km #7Embudo Horse Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
1.7 mi 2.8 km Carnuel, NM
3.1 mi 5.0 km #8Embudo Trail
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
3.1 mi 5.0 km Carnuel, NM
4.1 mi 6.6 km #9Tres Pistolas (Three Gun Springs) Trail
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.6 km Carnuel, NM
5.8 mi 9.4 km #10Piedra Lisa Trail #135
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
5.8 mi 9.4 km Sandia Heights, NM
10.6 mi 17.1 km #11North Crest Trail #130N
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate
10.6 mi 17.1 km Sandia Heights, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km #12South Sandia Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Carnuel, NM
8.6 mi 13.9 km #13Faulty Trail #195
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
Difficult
8.6 mi 13.9 km Sandia Knolls, NM
2.8 mi 4.5 km #14Cañoncito Trail #150
Intermediate
Sandia Knolls, NM
Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Sandia Knolls, NM
1.6 mi 2.6 km #15Switchback Trail #271
Easy/Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Easy/Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.6 km Sandia Heights, NM
3.2 mi 5.1 km #16Ellis Trail #202
Intermediate/Difficult
Placitas, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
3.2 mi 5.1 km Placitas, NM
4.6 mi 7.3 km #17Osha Spring Trail #247
Intermediate/Difficult
Placitas, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.6 mi 7.3 km Placitas, NM
2.6 mi 4.2 km #18Osha Loop Trail #201
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Intermediate
2.6 mi 4.2 km Placitas, NM
1.7 mi 2.7 km #19Peñasco Blanco Trail #259
Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Placitas, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #20Sidewinder #61
Easy/Intermediate
Placitas, NM
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km Placitas, NM
1.3 mi 2.1 km #21Upper Faulty #195A
Easy/Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Easy/Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.1 km Carnuel, NM
1.8 mi 2.9 km #22Barts Trail #225
Difficult
Sandia Knolls, NM
Difficult
1.8 mi 2.9 km Sandia Knolls, NM
2.2 mi 3.5 km #23Cienega Trail #148
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Sandia Heights, NM
0.9 mi 1.4 km #24Foothills to Whitewash Connector
Carnuel, NM
0.9 mi 1.4 km Carnuel, NM

Photos of Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area - 41

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On the way to the South Sandia Peak from the South Crest
Apr 14, 2019 near Carnuel, NM
Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Feb 29, 2016 near Carnuel, NM
The radio towers can be seen if you look closely
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
More scenic views from the trail
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
View from one of the many switchbacks.
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
Water flowing amongst moss blanketed rocks
May 5, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
View from the end of Domingo Baca... Involved scrambling for at least half a mile up steep grades with loose soil and rocks.
May 5, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
Cañoncito Trail #150
May 3, 2019 near Sandia…, NM

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