Piedra Lisa North To South Hike
In Placitas Region
|Last Update||2018-05-22 22:03:01.0|
|Avg Grade||13 %|
|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|
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.
© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9
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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|