WHY IT’S OUTSTANDING
This trail provides access to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness and eventually connects to the Crest Trail, allowing you to climb to the very top of the Sandia Mountains. This is also one of the very few trails in the Sandias that is open only to hikers (horses are allowed on the continuation of the trail in the USFS Wilderness area). The view from the top of the trail is among the best in the Sandia Foothills Open Space.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take I-40 to the Tramway exit (Exit 167). Head north on Tramway Blvd. for about 6 miles and turn east on Simms Park Rd. At the entrance booth for the Elena Gallegos Picnic area, follow the loop road to the right. The trailhead is at the east end of the road. There is a day use fee of $1.00 per car on weekdays, $2.00 on weekends.