Piedra Lisa Trail #135
ElevationAscent: 1,334' 407 m
Descent: -2,262' -689 m
High: 8,148' 2,483 m
Low: 6,026' 1,837 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A beautiful trail into the Sandia Mountain Wilderness offering spectacular views of canyons and rock formations.”— Anthony Hjalmarson
Piedra Lisa's southern trail is a well-traveled trail and is very popular amongst hikers and trail runners. The trail begins at the southern trailhead and soon leads into Juan Tabo Canyon. After three-quarters of a mile is the junction of upper Juan Tabo Canyon and Waterfall Canyon and nearby the intersection of two trails. Movie Trail heads along the ridge between upper Juan Tabo Canyon and Waterfall Canyon. Fletcher Trail travels northeast further into upper Juan Tabo Canyon. Both trails are part of the area that is closed from March 1 to August 15 to protect wildlife. Piedra Lisa trail steepens after this point as it ascends north up Juan Tabo ridge, allowing runners to observe spectacular views into the canyons and of the imposing rock formations comprising Sandia Mountain's western face.
Most people continue their ascent to approximately the second mile mark and the intersection with the Rincon Spur Trail. From here, most will either head back or continue up the rugged Rincon Spur Trail for the amazing views and then head back down. However, if you are seeking more of a challenge, follow the sign indicating the continuation of Piedra Lisa to the north.
The less-traveled northern portion of Piedra Lisa descends into the southern branch of Del Agua Canyon. The trail offers easier travel through shady tree cover for about a mile before transitioning into a sandy canyon. The trail can become indistinct in some places so be mindful when traveling through this portion. Continuing north another mile, the trail soon passes the junction with Del Agua Trail #248, a route which continues up the north branch of Del Agua Canyon. After this intersection, Piedra Lisa's trail steepens and loose rocks abound in some areas during the last portion before it terminates at the northern trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office