Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

La Luz to Tram Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10680
Last Update 2020-06-29 15:46:10.0
Hike Class E
Hike Miles 7.5
Minimum Elevation 7140
Elevation Gain 3130
Total Uphill 4350
Total Downhill 1130
Avg Grade 17 %
Route Type Oneway
Drive Miles Round Trip 20
Drive Time Oneway 0:25
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights A challenging hike with spectacular views; towers of granite; ponderosa/aspen/blue spruce forests.

Cautions Steep, so hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions In Albuquerque go to Tramway Blvd (SR 556). On Tramway Blvd go to Forest Hwy 333 which at the north end of Tramway in the bend to the west to I-25. Follow 333 northeast into the canyon following signs to La Luz trailhead and PARK (0.0 mi)

Actual Hike Follow the La Luz trail past the way TO OVERLOOK (2.8 mi) to the ROCKY ASCENT (4.8 mi). Pass the intersection with the CREST SPUR (6.4 mi). The trail levels off here. Continue on the La Luz Trail to the TRAM (7.5 mi).

Comments To do this one-way hike, place a vehicle at the lower tram terminal and pay $15 (11/21/2018) per person when you reach the upper tram terminal to ride the tram back down. Vehicle parking, if you reach the lower terminal toll booth after 8:00 am, is $1 (7/16/2010).

Hike data were obtained using the National Geographic TOPO digital elevation model.

© DeLorme. Topo North America ™ 9

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PARK: N35 13.185, W106 28.860
TO OVERLOOK: N35 12.696, W106 27.991
ROCKY ASCENT: N35 12.446, W106 27.313
CREST SPUR: N35 12.277, W106 26.849
TRAM: N35 11.765, W106 26.057

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GPX:WayTrack, 31Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Bill Gloyd