Tree Spring Trail

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87193

Tree Spring Trail

Tree Spring Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Tree Spring Trail is a popular trail in the Sandia Mountains. Riders can reach the 10K Trail via the Tree Spring Trail without having to drive farther up the Sandia Crest Road to the 10K parking area. This 3.6-mile out- and- back ride will take you up the gradual ascent to the 10K Trail, where you can return via the same route or explore the 10K Trail.

The Tree Spring Trail, on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, sees heavy use throughout spring, summer, and fall. The trail also sees a good bit of use by snowshoers during the winter months. As far as rides up the Sandia Mountains go, the Tree Spring Trail offers one of the easier climbs; it gains only about 880 vertical feet, with only a few short steep ascents."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"This is a moderate day hike through lush forest to the top of the Sandia Peak Tramway. Most of the trails to the crest in the Sandia Mountains are fairly long and strenuous. The Tree Spring Trail is the easiest route to the crest (other than driving up NM 536 or taking the tramway). It reaches the crest a little more than halfway up this hike after gaining only about 1,000 feet. The trail is well maintained and follows a steady moderate grade to the crest. Because of its proximity to Albuquerque, do not expect to have it to yourself. The trailhead has a paved parking area and even a bathroom. Be sure that your valuables are out of sight or carried with you; a temporary sign says “Experiencing break-ins—protect your valuables.”" Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This beautiful hike on the east slope of the Sandias takes you to the Sandia Crest south of the upper tram terminal. The upper portions of the trail pass through alpine fir and aspen forest, and wildflowers are common during spring and earlier summer. During the fall, the aspens shimmer with gold and yellow tones, streaking the mountainsides with color. This popular trail climbs past the junction with the Oso Corredor Trail and continues up the heavily forested eastern slopes. One long switchback leads to the end of the trail at the Crest Trail junction. This is also the southern end of the 10K Trail. Turn left and follow the Crest Trail 0.1 mile west to the Sandia Crest and a stunning view. You’ll see several different species of fir trees along this hike, including Douglas fir, white fir, and corkbark fir. Of the three, Douglas fir is not a true fir. True firs have cones that stand upright on the branches, while the cones of Douglas fir hang down. While both spruces and firs have short needles that grow singly from the branches, they are easy to tell apart." Read more

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Very nice trail but many other hikers and bikers. The posted directions worked out very well, in the summer the ski slopes are lush meadows.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Technical Difficulty
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Cibola National Forest—Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Hwy. 337, Tijeras 87059; (505) 281-3304
Local Contacts
USGS Sandia Crest; trail map available at the Sandia Ranger District visitor center
Local Maps

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Dec 2018