Albuquerque: Elena Gallegos Short Loop

Save this 5.5-mile loop in the city foothills for after work and see for yourself the watermelon-pink sun- sets that nearby Sandia Mountain is named after.
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Save this 5.5-mile loop in the city foothills for after work and see for yourself the watermelon-pink sun- sets that nearby Sandia Mountain is named after.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.7

Waypoints

ESL001

Location: 35.1617584228516, -106.469802856445

S From S end of parking lot, head S on Trail #366 through 640-acre piñon-juniper habitat

ESL002

Location: 35.1535491943359, -106.471496582031

R @ 4-way onto Foothills Trail #365 N, the longest trail in the Foothills Open Space

ESL009

Location: 35.1537818908691, -106.469497680664

R @ T; continue on Trail #305A over soapweed yucca

ESL008

Location: 35.1576385498047, -106.465202331543

L @ Y; continue onto Trail #305A; note the vast Tijeras Arroyo to the S

ESL007

Location: 35.1615905761719, -106.463401794434

L @ T onto Trail #342; you may spot the elusive cougar traveling through a scrubby drainage

ESL006

Location: 35.1650390625, -106.45719909668

Continue on #341 SW; visible USFS trail up Pino Trail

ESL005

Location: 35.1701393127441, -106.466400146484

R @ Y onto Trail #341 heading SE; gawk at the Jemez Mountains to the N while rambling through scrub oak, cane cholla cactus, and blue grama grass

ESL004

Location: 35.1681594848633, -106.468399047852

Take Trail #230 N; soak in the tranquil twilight backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, named for their pink colors at sunset?sandia is Spanish for ?watermelon?

ESL003

Location: 35.1659317016602, -106.475997924805

R @ Y onto #230A; marvel at Mt. Taylor rising to the W

ESL010

Location: 35.1535377502441, -106.471366882324

R @ 4-way; follow #366 N to parking area