Hiking the La Luz Trail
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 at 11:08
Hiking the up the La Luz Trail to Sandia Crest with my dad in September 2010. It is about a 3-4 hour hike depending on how fast you are moving. It is approximately 7.5 miles with a 3800 foot gain in elevation. Temperature was in the mid 40's at the top (10,678 feet) so we were a bit underdressed (a sweat shirt would have been nice). I did the La Luz Trail race with my dad when I was 16 and it was definitely tough. The forest service has since limited the number of participants to 400. So now there is a lottery system to see who is “lucky” enough to get to do the run. In the fall 2001 issue of Trail Runner Magazine, La Luz was selected as one of the "12 Most Grueling Trail Races in North America". It is definitely more fun to just walk and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Sandia Mountains. The La Luz Trail head is located just north of Sandia Heights and Tierra Monte; two very desirable neighborhoods in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in far NE Albuquerque.