Hike Description: Pino Trail is a beautiful hike right at the edge of the city, and is one of the most popular trails in the Sandias. There are several signs from the parking area directing the way to the Pino Trailhead (No. 140). About a mile from the parking lot, the trail enters the Wilderness Area. Pino Trail goes east, up the southern side of Pino Canyon. The lower portion of the trail is dry and rocky. However, after couple of miles the trail enters a pine forest. Eventually there are beautiful views of the rocky western face of the Sandias to the north, in the area near the Tram. The last mile or so of Pino Trail before reaching the junction with the Crest Trail is the steepest portion of the hike.
Length: 4.5 miles (one-way) to the Crest
Elevation: 6,460-9,230 feet
TIMED HIKE: This means everyone is free to hike at their own pace and turn around to meet back at parking lot at designated time.
Rating: Lower half is Moderate, which is all most of us will be doing in the time alloted. Difficult and steep with 2800 ft of elevation gain if you plan to run to top and back.
Bring: Plenty of water, snacks and/or a packed lunch, warmer clothes for the top. Hiking poles are helpful for the steep, rocky areas.
Driving Instructions: To find the trail, take Tramway Blvd. north from Academy. Turn east on the road leading to the Elena Gallegos Open Space. There is a $1 fee for parking, payable at the guard station. There is a restroom at the back of this parking area.