La Luz Trail, Albuquerque

Directions: This beautiful La Luz Trail is located in the northwestern part of the Sandia range. It can be accessed from Sandia Crest, the Sandia Peak Tramway, or the La Luz Trailhead. The La Luz Trailhead is accessed by taking the Forest Road 333 turnoff from Tramway Road (NM 556).

Trail Information: The Annual La Luz Trail Run, classified as, "12 Most Grueling Trail Races in North America"   The trail originates at the La Luz Trailhead, which has an elevation of 7,050 ft (2,150 m). The lower reaches of the trail are a wide dirt path that climbs at a moderate slope. The trail becomes narrower and more rocky after the overlook. The trail travels through a steep, rocky draw with the many quaking aspen and pines of the Canadian Zone. Hikers traverse 19 switchbacks in this area as they near the top of the trail. Approximately 6.7 miles (10.8 km) from the trailhead, the La Luz trail forks. The right (south) fork leads to the Sandia Peak Tramway and a final elevation of 10,378 ft (3,163 m). The left (north) fork is the Crest Spur Trail (Trail 84) and travels approximately 0.6 miles (0.97 km) up a very steep slope to Sandia Crest and a final elevation of 10,678 ft (3,255 m).

Miscellaneous Information: A very difficult run with majestic beauty everywhere.  This is a run that you will never forget!

Mark Rickert