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La Luz Trail

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 4.7 (38)

A popular, trail that rewards runners with amazing views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.


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7.7

Miles

12.3

KM

81%

Runnable

10,287' 3,135 m

High

7,033' 2,144 m

Low

3,467' 1,057 m

Up

213' 65 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset daily. It is usually impassible after five miles in the winter months due to snow. It can also be closed due to fire danger in summer months. Check trail conditions before heading out here.

Runner Notes

The La Luz Trail Run is hosted every August by the Albuquerque Road Runners Club.

Description

From Interstate 25, take exit 234 - Tramway Road NE (Route 556) to the East for 4 miles. Turn left (North) on Juan Tabo. Look for signs on the right that will take you to the La Luz Trailhead. There is a $3 parking fee per car, cash only.

The trail is well worn and marked. The lower trail is crisscrossed by a spider web of secondary trails. Just stay on the most worn path. This is a strenuous climb from the start and should not be tackled without some preparation and the proper equipment. The peak is much cooler than the trailhead, especially in the spring and fall. Warm layers should be carried. There are no points on this trail to collect water and during the summer it can be very hot. Runners should carry at least two quarts of water per person and plan for lunch or snacks along the way.

This can be done as a one-way or an out-and-back. Mileage shown is for a one-way trip. One-way runners can enjoy a tram ride down from the peak for $15. Out-and-back runners should plan for an early start to have light for their descent.

Flora & Fauna

This trail passes through three distinct climate zones. The lower trail is consistent with the Albuquerque highlands characterized by sparse high desert scrub forest with juniper and piñon pines as well as cholla cactus and prickly pear. The middle portion of the trail is shaded by an alpine forest of ponderosa pines and spruces. The upper trail continues to display the evergreens in greater density as well as groves of quaking aspen. Wild flowers are abundant in the later spring and early summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Fincher with improvements by Jon Stoked

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 38 votes

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Photos

The radio towers can be seen if you look closely
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
View from one of the many switchbacks.
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
More scenic views from the trail
May 25, 2019 near Sandia…, NM
Granite everywhere!!
Jun 7, 2018 near Sandia…, NM
looking northwest from gorge
Jun 7, 2018 near Sandia…, NM
Sandia Crest Panorama 2
May 12, 2015 near Sandia…, NM

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Jun 14, 2019
Ryan Maher
absolutely incredible! it's a must for anyone visiting! 15.2mi — 3h 57m
May 19, 2018
Brad DeWees
May 16, 2018
Michal P
Aug 9, 2017
Sue Paz Thunström
Apr 22, 2017
T.j. Mannos
Still snowy/icy in large sections. Passable but treacherous. 8.9mi
Sep 5, 2016
Alex Nocella
Ouch. — 1h 03m
Aug 9, 2016
April Reiff