Albuquerque: Pino Trail

This 11.2-mile trek runs through a sweet high-desert canyon, connecting stark cactus country and pretty fir highlands. Pack extra water for this dry hike.
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This 11.2-mile trek runs through a sweet high-desert canyon, connecting stark cactus country and pretty fir highlands. Pack extra water for this dry hike.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.0

Waypoints

PCC001

Location: 35.1635093688965, -106.469734191895

Head E, bisecting picnic area and crossing dry, deep gulches

PCC002

Location: 35.1641311645508, -106.464111328125

Stay straight, crossing gulches amid a cactus landscape

PCC008

Location: 35.1690864562988, -106.414482116699

Turn R onto South Crest Trail

PCC003

Location: 35.1656150817871, -106.454605102539

Sandia Mountain Wilderness boundary

PCC006

Location: 35.1678886413574, -106.42121887207

Small waterfall during high water

PCC007

Location: 35.1705741882324, -106.419731140137

Lung-burning climb up abrupt switchbacks

PCC010

Location: 35.1518402099609, -106.414199829102

Junction with Canoncito Trail; return the same way to trailhead

PCC009

Location: 35.1601448059082, -106.41414642334

Hike follows dramatic ridgeline between Sandia Crest and South Peak

PCC004

Location: 35.1666793823242, -106.444129943848

Trail roughly follows Pino Creek; stay on S side

Advanced hikers' option: Ditch the main trail and explore faint, rugged routes N of the main creek bed

PCC005

Location: 35.1686592102051, -106.43537902832

Ecosystem transitions from high desert to fir forest