Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Pino Trail to Crest Trail Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10178
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:39.0
Hike Class E
Hike Miles 9.0
Minimum Elevation 6469
Elevation Gain 2763
Total Uphill 2763
Total Downhill 2763
Avg Grade 14 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 12
Drive Time Oneway 0:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
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 A strenuous hike on one of two major trails leading to the Crest from the westside of the Sandia Mts. Lots of tree cover at higher elevations and vistas of ABQ below.

Cautions Steep grades along trail; bring hiking poles and plenty of water.

Trailhead Directions North on Tramway past Academy, look for signs leading right to Elena Gallegos Picnic Grounds and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Pino Canyon Trail 140 starts at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Grounds. It goes almost directly east up the mountain. The first part is easy and then gets steep. The last part that joins the Crest Trail (CREST (4.5 mi)) has very steep switchbacks.

Comments Since the hike is on a north facing slope and is under tall pines, it is one of the coolest hikes on the west side of the Sandias so can be done even in late September.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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PARK: N 35 09.799, W 106 28.190
CREST: N 35 10.142, W 106 24.866

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GPX:WayTrack, 11Oct10, Garmin, John Boyd

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author John Boyd
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Vivian Heyward