Hike the Piedra Lisa Trail



4.2 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type


Added by Tristan Willey

Be up into the trees on a rugged climb to some of the most stellar views of the city and mountains available, all within a 5 minute drive into the center of town. 

Up near the iconic La Luz Trailhead is a smaller and somewhat hidden trail a little farther up the road, Piedra Lisa Trail.  This short two mile climb to the ridge that divides the view of Albuquerque and Placitas tops out at a rocky outcrop that provides simply stellar views of the city and to the other side Placitas and onward towards Northern New Mexico.  

The trail is a steady climb the can be mildly rocky at points on slightly loose surface.  Dogs are welcome and frequently seen along the way, with their owners who use this as a frequent and local outing that provides a quick and beautiful outdoor opportunity. 

The trail does link up with forks from other Sandia Mountain trails allowing for the hike to be extended to a point to point trail over to Placitas, NM, or extended into a slightly longer 5.1 miles loop.  

Really a wonderful and invigorating hike right at the city limits that gives you quick access to forest shade and stellar views.  

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10 months ago

Excellent Views of the Shield

This is a great hike to see the huge rock formation known as "The Shield". The first half of the hike can be strenuous because you're just gaining elevation, but the views are absolutely worth it. I would definitely recommend this hike if you're a first time hiker in the Sandias.

Great All Levels Hike

This hike took a little under three hours and it was really scenic. The trail wasn't crowded, either. I hiked it in Teva sport sandals and it wasn't too intense. You may have a hard time finding the trail, especially if you rely on directions from Google or the iPhone maps app. I ended up looking up directions on a national parks website or something, after being directed to the wrong trail. You turn right off of Tramway after the turn off for the Sandia Peak tram.

Great View From The Top

Amazing views from the time you start until you've made it to the top! Great trail!

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