Summary: Although not very scenic, this is a good place to get some exercise or go biking. There is a maze of wide, well maintained trails that run through the desert scrub at the base of the Sandia foothills. If you want to bring a lunch there are several picnic shelters near the Embudo Canyon trailhead off of Menaul Blvd. If you are feeling more adventurous you can explore one of the many small trails that break off of the main trail and head into the mountains. You can even get to the Crest trail by continuing up the Embudo Canyon on the Embudo Trail but this is a much longer, more strenuous hike.
Trailhead: Form Albuquerque, take Candelaria Blvd. East until it ends. Turn right and drive until you see the Piedra Lisa Canyon Parking lot on your left. The main trail heads to the right (south) before the footbridge but there are many small trails that you can explore on. There is also a Trailhead at the end of Menaul. Take Menaul East until it ends at the Embudo Canyon Trailhead Parking lot. (Lat:35.11197 Lon:-106.48895)
Trail Guides for Piedra Lisa Canyon Trailhead:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, (505) 281-3304
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Will Brown, who has posted 4 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Terri T on 2/27/2009
This hike is pretty and a nice gradual incline, and kept my heart rate up. There weren't quite enough vistas for my taste, but it was a nice climb from pinon/juniper forest to a ponderosa transition ecotone. I just wanted to warn the joggers and many hikers with small dogs and children that I did spot a mature mountain lion next to the trail, on a busy day, in the middle of the day.
Reviewed by afd on 4/29/2007
I hiked here in June & July. The trailhead is next to a residential area. The gate at the Embudo Canyon parking area is locked around 9 pm, heed the signs so that your car won't get locked in for the night. If you time your return trip properly, as you walk back to the trailhead you can enjoy a sweeping view to the west with Mt. Taylor 70 miles away and see the sun setting. One thing that surprised me was the amount of vegetation and flowering plants along the trail. This is an excellent trail for a visitor to Albuquerque to take on a spring or summer evening, since it is so close to town.
Reviewed by tom on 11/7/2006
It was a very nice beginer hiking trail. I thought the veiws were ok also
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