ElevationAscent: 13' 4 m
Descent: -654' -199 m
High: 7,222' 2,201 m
Low: 6,580' 2,006 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A great alternate start or finish, to/from the Tunnel Canyon trailhead.”— LeeAB Brinckerhoff
Starting from the West Ridge junction you'll quickly come to a small burned out area that offers a great view of the back side of the Sandia Mountains. From here things start to drop with lots of twists and turns as the trail contours more along a hillside than a ridge. There are also a few sections with rock ledges but nothing too technical.
Eventually you really start to go down on an open hillside and you'll encounter a couple of hairpins, then a longer straight section with some more rocky bits followed by 2 more hairpins. The trail then enters the trees again for the last fast, flowing bit before you pop out onto the Tunnel Canyon Trail less than 100 yards from the Tunnel Canyon Trailhead.
You can also climb the trail as an alternate approach to the West Ridge.
Local Club: AMBA
Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office
May 21, 2019: The new La Luz Trailhead is now open!