For many hiking the La Luz Trail can be an Oxygen Thin Experience.
Hiking in New Mexico and around Albuquerque is a favorite activity for many including us. We have explored most of the popular hikes and some not so popular. New Mexico has such a diverse landscape from sand dunes to high mountains that it’s easy to find a great trail almost anytime of year. The Sandia Mountain area alone offers over 50 trail options.
One of the most famous Sandia Mountain trails is the La Luz (Spanish for “the light”). This 7.5 mile one way hike starts at an elevation of 7,050’ ending at 10,378’, this is a 3775’ vertical gain! I can tell you from experience the La Luz Trail is an Oxygen Thin Experience. The trail is rated difficult but the reward is worth it.
The La Luz trail introduces you to just how immense the Sandia Mountains really are. The mountain is almost entirely granite and the enormity of the boulders, cliffs and spires are impressive. One of the more difficult parts of the hike is "Rockslide" which is a huge granite field of tumbled boulders some bigger than cars. It requires fifteen switchbacks just to get through this enormous section of trail.
Because of the major elevation gain you actually trek through 4 different life zones. The vegetation ranges from scrub oaks, pinon, ponderosa, douglas fir, aspen, engleman spruce and fur. The views from all along this trek are spectacular but the panoramic scene at the 10,250’ top is extraordinary. On a clear day you can see 11,000 square miles of the Rio Grande Valley and New Mexico.
Once at the top you can choose to return the same way you came or take the easy way down via the Sandia Tram, which is worlds longest Tram. We opted on the Tram ride and enjoyed the 15 minute ride back down. We love living here in the High Desert of Albuquerque and would be happy to show you around our wonderful city. Get your backpack ready and come enjoy the incredible view from the La Luz Trail an Oxygen Thin Experience.
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