La Luz Trail Information

The trail is open!


La Luz trail gives you panoramic views of Albuquerque.

As you hike you are treated to ever-changing views of cliffs and trees and wildflowers. The wildflowers are amazing many are unfamiliar.
After hiking up the trail take the tram ride down and have someone pick you up. The walk back to the trail head is hot in the summer and there is no shade.

At the crest you can also have a meal, snack or drink at the High Finance restaurant.The Sandia Mountains

How to get there:

Take Tramway to the Forest Service Road 333 and follow signs to the parking area all the way up to the end of Pinon Place. There is a parking fee of $3 per car. (bring cash).
Tramway loops around the city from I-40 in the east to I-25 in the north, the service road is halfway in the NE part of the loop.

See a Map Here

About The La Luz Trail

Trail Length: 8-9 miles

Level of difficulty: Strenuous. Take plenty of water and high- energy food, and give yourself plenty of time to descend before darkness.

Altitude range: 7,000 to10,378 (At the junction of La Luz and
Spur Trail 84, you can choose to go left to the Sandia
Crest House, the highest point in the Sandias at
10,678 feet.)

Times to go: Late spring, summer and well into fall. The trail is open sunrise to sunset, daily. Check Current Fire Dangers and Restrictions

Careful: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes and a full day of hiking if you plan to reach the crest. Take rain gear and warm jackets, and make sure everyone in your party is physically up to the challenge. Hiking part way and turning around is a good plan when first starting out. Always stay on the trail.

Water: 2 quarts per person min. Also take food and snacks for the trip.