Tree Spring Trail

Tijeras, New Mexico

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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.

Tree Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tijeras
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Cibola National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Sandia Crest
Driving Directions: Directions to Tree Spring Trail

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May 2018