OverviewPoint 9579 is one of four ranked high points along the Sandia Crest. It is a seldom visited summit since there is no direct trail to the summit although the Crest Trail comes close. As with many points along the Crest views of the city and Sandia Mountains are spectacular.
New Mexico Rank: 322
Quadrangle: Sandia Crest
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Getting ThereFor Cienega Trail: Go east on I-40 to exit 175 (Tierjas). From the exit ramp turn left (north) and go under the highway continuing north on Rt 14. Follow Rt 14 north for approximately 6 miles and turn left (west) onto Rt 536. Continue up Rt 536 to the Cienega Canyon Trail Head. There will be signs along the road that will help you identify the correct trailhead.
For Pino Trail: From the center of Albuquerque travel East on I-40 to exit 167 (Tramway Blvd) From the exit ramp turn left (north) and go under the highway continuing on Tramway to Simms Park Rd just North of Academy Rd. Turn right onto Simms Park Rd and follow it to the parking area.
Both routes begin on well established trails but require a small amout of route finding and bushwhacking at the very top. The Cienega Trail requires the least elevation gain and could be considered the easiest. The Pino Trail begins on the west side of the mountains.
Cienega Trail: A shorter route than the Pino trail this is the easiest way to get to Point 9579 but this is still a good workout so be prepared.
Pino Trail: A longer approach than the other trail but the only trail beginning on the west side of the mountain. As with the Cienega trail this trail intersects the Crest trail north of the summit and requires the same short bushwhack.
Views from the summit:
Red TapeThere is a $3 per car fee to park the trailhead. Payment envelopes and stations can be located in the parking area as well.
CampingPoint 9579 lies within the Cibola National Forest. Camping in the Cibola National Forest is allowed however, fires are prohibited. There are no established campgrounds.
External LinksLocal weather: Albuquerque
Local Search and Resuce Team: Cibola SAR
Cibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District