La Luz Trailhead and La Luz Trail 137
The La Luz trail is 7.5 miles long. It begins at La Luz Trailhead and ends at the Crest Trail 130 near the Sandia Peak Tram Upper Terminal. The La Luz Trail 137 connects with several other trails along the way. Tramway Trail 82; Piedra Lisa-La Luz Link Trail 137C; La Luz 137B; Chimney Canyon Trail 137A and The Crest Spur Trail (leads to the Sandia Crest House)
The La Luz Trail is one of the best known trails in the Sandia Mountains. It is also one of the most challenging. The trail goes from hot desert landscape to cool Canadian forest, for a length of 7.5 miles one way. The elevation gain is 3,200 vertical feet. It is difficult and rewarding.
Do not attempt this hike unless you are well prepared physically, and able to take care of yourself in the event of a mishap in the wilderness. If you complete the hike as described, you are in for five hours (or more) of strenuous hiking.You are also in for spectacular views and true sense of accomplishment for having hiked the trail.
- Please stay on the trail. Every year lost hikers are searched for and rescued on the La Luz Trail, with and without injury. Others have not been so fortunate and have lost their lives.
- The trail is well worn. Pay attention and follow the path.
Remember: You can also hike part of the trail. There is no rule that says you have to walk the whole trail. Use common sense when hiking. If you feel or think it is time to turn around, do so.
The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking
Please refer to the map links below to plan your course. Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed.
Sandia Crest Trails and Trailheads Map and Sandia Mountain Trail Guide
See "Safety Information" (upper right corner of the page)
At a Glance
|Fees:||Requires a fee or an amenity pass. If you do not have a pass, you may purchase one online here, or look for the Pay Station on site. Envelopes for payment are in the box next to the fee tube. CASH OR CHECK ONLY at pay station.|
|Passes:||The Cibola honors all types of America the Beautiful passes which are available for purchase at the Cibola Supervisor's Office and at all district offices. Day use passes can be purchased online here. Sandia Annual Passes can be purchased At REI in Albuquerque, the Sandia Ranger Station and the Cibola Supervisor’s Office.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|
To get La Luz Trailhead & ultimately La Luz Trail, take Tramway Blvd and drive to Forest Road 333, (there is a sign for Juan Tabo Picnic area and La Luz Trail at the turn). Turn east toward the mountain and follow Forest Road 333 until you see two rock pillars to your right. Go through the pillars and continue on the paved road which leads to the La Luz Trailhead parking lot.
(MVUM) Official Motor Vehicle Use Map - North
Living With Large Predators in New Mexico
About the Civilian Conservation Corps