La Luz/Tramway Loop

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The combination of the La Luz Trail and the Sandia Peak Tramway offers hikers a unique opportunity for a challenging one-way hike. The Sandia Mountains are a round-shouldered hump of granite and limestone that dominates the eastern skyline of Albuquerque. The La Luz Trail climbs 3,700 feet from the base of the Sandias to the crest at 10,300 feet. From the summit, hikers can return via the same trail or opt to enjoy a relaxing fifteen-minute descent back to the base by riding the tram. As an alternative trip, hikers can take the tram to the top of the mountain and walk back down to the base, a trip that is still quite demanding. One-way tram tickets for hikers can be purchased at either terminal.
100 Hikes in New Mexico

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100 Hikes in New Mexico

by Craig Martin (The Mountaineers Books)

The combination of the La Luz Trail and the Sandia Peak Tramway offers hikers a unique opportunity for a challenging one-way hike. The Sandia Mountains are a round-shouldered hump of granite and limestone that dominates the eastern skyline of Albuquerque. The La Luz Trail climbs 3,700 feet from the base of the Sandias to the crest at 10,300 feet.

From the summit, hikers can return via the same trail or opt to enjoy a relaxing fifteen-minute descent back to the base by riding the tram. As an alternative trip, hikers can take the tram to the top of the mountain and walk back down to the base, a trip that is still quite demanding. One-way tram tickets for hikers can be purchased at either terminal.

©  Craig Martin/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Length: 9.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: May to November
Local Maps: USGS Sandia Crest; USFS Sandia Wilderness
Topo Map: La Luz/Tramway Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Hikes in New Mexico Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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