Pino Canyon

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154

Pino Canyon

Pino Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As the climate swings toward hotter and drier conditions, the effects can be seen all over New Mexico. In Pino Canyon, a few wet decades in the late twentieth century permitted cool-and-wet-loving Douglas fir to work down north-facing slopes into old ponderosa pine stands.

An intense sequence of several drought years in the early 2000s stressed the Douglas fir and allowed insects to infect many stands. In Pino Canyon and other locations in the Sandia, entire mountainsides are now covered with dead trees. The trail up the canyon features a close-up look at this ecological change as the opened tree canopy focuses more sunlight on the forest floor and sun-loving species take hold."

Pino Canyon Trip Reports

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10/25/2005
Great loop with minimum backtracking from Manzano Peak. I was pleasantly surprised and the great view from the top. Instead of parking at Ox Canyon, I walked the road first so I wouldn't have to do it at the end. It seemed more like 2 miles on the dirt road. The trees had mostly turned by the time I hike at end of October, I recommend going earlier in the month.
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Trail Information

Albuquerque
Nearby City
9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
April to mid-May, mid-September
Season
USGS Sandia Crest; USFS Sandia Wilderness
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