La Luz Trail (137) is a hiking and horse trail in Bernalillo County and Sandoval County, New Mexico. It is within Cibola National Forest and Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 7,055 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,461 feet. The La Luz Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Four Seasons Visitors Center information.
La Luz Trail (137) Professional Reviews and Guides
"A long day hike or an overnight trip from the edge of Albuquerque through the rugged Sandia Wilderness to the crest of the Sandia Mountains.
Because of the large elevation gain on the trail, you will pass through several of the West’s major life zones as you go. The increased moisture and lower temperatures found at higher elevations create different habitats. The trail starts in the Upper Sonoran Zone, characterized by semi-arid grasslands and scrubby forests of piñon and juniper."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
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