June Hike: Cienega Trail

The Cienega Trail is a beautiful 4ish-mile (round-trip) out-and-back trail on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. Beginning at a lovely picnic area, this moderately-difficult hike climbs through trees and (in wetter years) along a stream up to the Sandia Crest ridgeline, eventually intersecting with the Crest Trail and (for more adventuresome souls) continuing on to the Pino Trail which ends on the west side of the mountain at the Elena Gallegos picnic area. For this hike, we will plan only to do the Cienega Trail, but those interested may plan to hike the Pino Trail on their own or at a different time.

As always, during spring and summer months come prepared for any and all weather conditions: Bring sunscreen and rain gear; dress in layers; hiking boots are not required but are highly-recommended, as there could be mud along the trail. Also bring plenty of water and a light lunch or a heavy snack.

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  • Judith Berns


    1 · June 9

  • Paloma

    Unfortunately I won't be able to join you for this hiking, I hurt my ankle and still hurts.

    June 8

  • Judith Berns

    Hi all. A friend told me the Sandias were closed to hikers due to fire threats. Are we sure this hike is open? Looking forward to it.

    June 3

    • Melissa Madara

      The Sandias are scheduled to close a week from today - Monday, June 10. So yes - unless things change in the next few days, this hike is (and will be) open for us.

      June 3

  • Barbara

    Lee & Barbara Regan will be there; we've de this hike before - it is a bit strenuous.

    May 28

    • Melissa Madara

      Strenuous, yes - but we'll take it slow and make folks comfortable. Glad you will both be able to join us!

      June 3

  • Catherine Bradley

    Sorry Melissa! Can't make this one either--RATS!!

    June 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    looks like I will be out of town.... :-(

    May 29

  • Mike

    Sounds beautiful! Wish I could go, but day already booked.

    May 23

  • Julia Landon

    I will have to miss this one because we will be doing the Roar & Snore at the zoo with the Girl Scouts. Fun!!

    May 22

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