- 4.5 miles (one-way)
See the "Getting There" section for the Pino Route on the Point 9627 main page.
The marker for the intersection with the Crest Trail
This trail begins in the Ellena Gallegos area where there are many trails. Be sure to follow the Pino trail due east. None of the other trails climb very far into the mountains. At times this trail can become rather steep and rocky but never really gets beyond a Class 1 trail. After 4 miles you will reach the Crest Trail which sits at about 9,280ft so at this point there is not much further to go. Head north on the Crest Trail for about a quarter mile. Here is where you will leave the trail and head directly for the summit. The brush and trees are not too dense so bushwhacking and route finding are not difficult. At this point having a GPS with the summit coordinates entered would be helpful.
Typical gear for a short hike. A GPS would be helpful for the final section of route finding.
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Cibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District
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