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Piedra Lisa Trail, New Mexico


The Piedra Lisa Trail is located in the Cibola National Forest - which means dispersed camping is allowed assuming regulations are followed. Water is scarce so bring what you'll need if you do decide to hike or camp here. The Cibola National Forest is the closest National Forest to Albuquerque and offers many opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more.

Piedra Lisa Trail

Distance: 2.4 miles (4.8 miles round trip)
Difficulty: Easy
Month Hiked: December
Garmin GPS File: piedra_lisa.GPX


From I-25 take the exit for Tramway Rd and head East. Make a left onto NF 333 (do NOT take NF 333B). Continue on NF 333 until you arrive at the parking area on the left.


Piedra Lisa is a fairly easy trail until the last 3/4 mile where it makes some switchbacks to the top of the ridge. Even this part is not too difficult, however.

We did this hike in early December, though we did not have to deal with extremely cold temperatures or any snow on the trail. In fact it was a pleasant temperature most of the day until the sun started going down creating large shadows from the mountains.

There are some amazing views when looking back at the landscape throughout the trek; you will also find diverse plant life from pine trees to cacti. The ridge offers even more incredible views as it looks out over Albuquerque and more - so you may want to bring your camera. We were also able to find suitable trees to hang our hammocks without too much trouble.

I'll post a video below when I can get some free WiFi.

Take care,

December 17th, 2014

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