Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Piedra Lisa North To South Hike
In Placitas Region

Hike Id H10432
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:01.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 6.0
Minimum Elevation 6050
Elevation Gain 2134
Total Uphill 2282
Total Downhill 1383
Avg Grade 13 %
Route Type Oneway
Drive Miles Round Trip 50
Drive Time Oneway 0:45
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights An enjoyable, challenging trek in the Sandias from Placitas to the northern outskirts of the city. Views to the west and east, with a beautiful, shady spot for lunch.

Cautions Trekking poles recommended for the many steep sections.

Trailhead Directions I-25 north to Placitas exit (exit 242). Go east on SR 165 to the second Forest Rd 445 just after milepost 3. The road makes a loop but you want the eastern one because it is much shorter. After paying a fee, follow FR 445 south two miles and you'll take FR 445A off to the left to the trailhead PARK-NORTH (0.0 mi) area.

Actual Hike Piedra Lisa Spring Trail 135 takes you in a generally south-easterly direction steeply up the mountain. You will intersect the DEL AGUA (1.7 mi) Trail (Trail 248). After you can look through Del Agua Canyon and see Bernalillo (less than an hour and half), the trail will head downward. Look for intersection just after two 4-foot boulders straddling the trail. We have our LUNCH (2.2 mi) at the stream about twenty minutes further up the trail. Continue uphill past the SADDLE (4.0 mi). It's all downhill after that. Go by the TRAILMKR (5.6 mi) then down to the southern trailhead at PARK-SOUTH (6.0 mi) near the Juan Tabo picnic area.

Comments This hike can be done as a cross-over hike with most hikers starting from the southern trailhead or as a shuttle hike.

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PARK-NORTH: N 35 16.743, W 106 28.707
DEL AGUA: N 35 15.751, W 106 28.076
LUNCH: N 35 15.488, W 106 27.970
SADDLE: N 35 14.671, W 106 28.504
TRAILMKR: N 35 13.702, W 106 28.940
PARK-SOUTH: N 35 13.376, W 106 29.011

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GPX:WayTrack, 30Oct10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Ken Smith