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Albuquerque, NM: North Mystery Trail (Faulty Trail)

Hike 11.2 miles and learn some local place names on this out-and-back to a secluded meadow high in the Sandia Mountains.

Rating

Most folks stick to the Sandia’s western slopes—closer to town—which means solitude is all yours on this 11.2-mile roundtrip to an 8,685-foot peak on the range’s east side. Traverse north through shady, conifer-covered canyons (home to great horned owls), then drop 550 feet in .7 mile to CaƱon Madera. Meander through Lagunita Seca, a golden meadow (mile 5.1), before the .5-mile climb to Palomas Peak, ringed by limestone cliffs.

-Mapped by Bill Velasquez

To Trailhead

I-40 E to NM 14 N to NM 536 W to Sandia Park. In 1.6 mi., park in pullout on L side.

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