Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Piedra Lisa South Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10052
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:39.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 3.9
Minimum Elevation 6931
Elevation Gain 1239
Total Uphill 1239
Total Downhill 1239
Avg Grade 13 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 30
Drive Time Oneway 0:25
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (4.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Great views of the Rincon Mountains, spectacular views of the nearly vertical northwest face of the Sandias (The Shield), Sandia Crest, Mt. Taylor, and the city.

Cautions Rather steep hike, so trekking poles are recommended.

Trailhead Directions Tramway Blvd north past Tramway Rd. After a sweep to the left and a sweep to the right, go right on Forest Road 333 to Juan Tabo Picnic Ground. Drive past gate to Picnic Ground, stop and pay the fee (or put a Golden Age Pass on the dashboard), and continue up and around to the right on dirt road to parking area on left for Trail 135.

Actual Hike Hike up the road (closed) for about 15 min. until the trail takes off to the right. You will first cross the dry stream bed for Juan Tabo Canyon. Then the trail takes you rather steeply in a northerly direction up the mountain. About half way up the trail you will see the massive Needle off to the right (which looks more like a shovel) and the UNM Spire (a triangular spike) down in front of it. To the left and ahead is Rincon Peak. At the top of the ridge between Rincon Peak and (Rincon area) is a rock mound where we went up and had lunch with a 360-degree view. If you continued on Piedra Lisa Spring Trail 135 down the other side, you would eventually come out on the other (northern) end near Placitas another 3 or so miles further.

Comments This is a rather steep hike but it is pleasant, has great views. The Rincon (corner) area has some spectacular views in 360 degrees of the nearly vertical northwest face of the Sandias (the Shield), the crest, Mt. Taylor and the city. Found a small shrub that had leaves somewhat like holly but bore acorns (a variety of Live Oak according to Ted Cooley). There are, incidentally, four secondary trails leading off to the right to different features. The first one goes to a waterfall, the second, called Movie Trail, goes to "The Prow", the third, called Fletcher Trail, goes to UNM Spire, and the fourth, called Rincon Spur Trail, goes to The Knife Edge of the Shield.

Roger Holloway © 2005

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Piedra Lisa South TH: N 35 13.389, W 106 29.002

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 30Sep10, Garmin, John Boyd
GPX:Waypoints, 26Aug09, Garmin, John Boyd
GPX:Track, 26Aug09, Garmin, John Boyd

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Roger Holloway
Waypoints Author John Boyd
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Bill Gloyd