WARNING: LA LUZ TRAIL IS A STEEP, NARROW MOUNTAIN TRAIL with a maximum elevation of 10,678 feet.
No medical aid will be available on the course. If you have problems during the race, contact aid station personnel or ham radio operators stationed along the course. The course is a continuous uphill climb, with about a quarter to half mile downhill section at Mile 6.3. The first 1.8 miles are on a steep, narrow paved road leading to the trailhead.
The trail is a maintained single track dirt trail with a very rocky section in the upper part, known as The Rockslide, and care should be taken when placing and lifting your feet to prevent trips and falls. Please stay on the main trail, as off-trail usage can increase erosion. Enjoy the views and be careful.
ACCOMMODATIONS. There are many hotels in the Albuquerque area. All are within about 30 minutes of the La Luz Trail Run starting line.
Please do not park on Forest Road 333.
Please park on the wide shoulder on either side of Tramway Road near the turnoff onto Forest Road 333. Forest Road 333 is located near the north end of the Sandia Mountains, where Tramway Road makes a sharp bend. It can be accessed from either I-40 or I-25.
RESTROOMS. Porta-potties will be available at the Start Line. There are also permanent pit toilets at the Trailhead (1.8 miles into the course) and at the Finish Line.
COURSE LENGTH. Based on Global Position Sensing (GPS) measurements of the La Luz Trail by the Forest Service, it has been determined that the length of the trail from the Trailhead to the Finish Line is 7.2 miles. With the addition of the 1.8 miles of paved road at the bottom, the length of the course is 9.0 miles. The course is the same length that it has been for many years. For your information, here are some split lengths (as determined by these GPS measurements):
Trailhead to junction with Tramway Trail ....0.9 mi
Tramway Trail junction to the "Y" near the top of the trail .......5.7 mi
"Y" near the top to the Finish Line ........0.6 mi
TOTAL UNPAVED PORTION ........7.2 mi
AID STATIONS. Water will be available at the following points along the race route and approximate distance into the race of these aid stations:
We also advise runners to carry their own water.
CLOTHING BAGS. If you would like to leave any clothing at the Start Line, please place it in the plastic bag that you receive at race packet pickup. This bag will have your race number written on it. Please leave the bag, with any items that you would like at the Finish Line, with the Start Line Officials. They will transport the bags to the top and you can retrieve them after you finish the race.
T-SHIRT DISTRIBUTION. T-shirts will only be distributed at the Finish Line to Official Finishers. Your race number will be required to pick-up your Finisher's T-shirt. You must complete the race in 5 hours or less to be an Official Finisher.
DRIVING TO THE FINISH AREA
This is a point-to-point race. To drive from the Start Line to the Finish Line, proceed south on Tramway Road until you get to Interstate 40, get on I-40 eastbound and proceed through Tijeras Canyon, exit at Highway 14 and follow the signs to northbound 14, stay on 14 through the small mountain community of Cedar Crest until you see the turn-off to the Sandia Crest (you will be turning left - there is a left turn bay), and continue on this scenic winding mountain road for 17 miles until you reach the parking lot at the top (you will be adjacent to a fenced area containing numerous communication towers). Park in the lot (a $3 per car Forest Service visitor fee will be assessed - see instructions in the lot) and proceed to the upper Trailhead located just to the south of the Visitor Center at the very crest of the Sandia Mountains (elevation 10,678 feet). The drive to the top from the Start Line could take 50 minutes to an hour to traverse. Parking at the top is limited, so car pooling would be appreciated.
RETURNING TO THE START AREA
You have several options to get back to the Start Area:
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