If you are up to the challenge of a hike through four life zones, that climbs from 7,080 feet to 10,280 in just under eight m... More
Luz Trail (La)
If you are up to the challenge of a hike through four life zones, that climbs from 7,080 feet to 10,280 in just under eight miles, La Luz Trail offers you an alpine escape from the concrete jungle. On weekends, the trail is crowded with day hikers, joggers and their pets. The trail switchbacks upward among granite spires, ponderosa pines, and quaking aspens. Near the top, the trail forks. The right fork takes you to Sandia Crest; the left fork terminates at the Sandia Peak Tramway. Take along plenty of water.
This is an awesome hike that requires moderately good health. It will take quite a while to trek up the 8 mile trail. Advise leaving a car at the top or bottom of the trail and take another car to the opposite end of the trail. A 16 mile round trip hike is beyond most people's comfort level. Take a minimum of 2 quarts of water with you, a cell phone, and layers of clothing. The best time to hike is spring and fall. The summer is too hot for the sustained climb. Maps can be obtained from the Cibola Forrest Ranger's office near Osuna and Chappell. Be careful of hiking at night. The moon is of little use, especially at full moon because of the angles of the land and the position of the moon. Hiking a few days before or after a full moon is the best time to hike at night. However, this is strongly discouraged. No open fires are allowed. No water is available during the hike. Pack everything in, and pack everything out.
This is one of the most memorable hikes you will ever take.