Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 35.16400°N / 106.4165°W
Additional Information County: Bernalillo
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 9579 ft / 2920 m
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Point 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.
Point 9627 and Point 9579 SummitsThe summit of Point 9627 is in the foreground with Point 9579 in the background. Taken from the Crest Trail south of the Tram terminal.

New Mexico Rank: 322
Prominence: 359'
Quadrangle: Sandia Crest

Rank and Prominence information from
Lists of John

Getting There

For 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.

Route Overviews

Point 9579 TopoPoint 9579 Routes

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:
Sandia CrestLooking North
South Sandia from Point 9579Looking South

West of the SandiasLooking West

Red Tape

There is a $3 per car fee to park the trailhead. Payment envelopes and stations can be located in the parking area as well.


Point 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 Links

Local weather: Albuquerque
Local Search and Resuce Team: Cibola SAR
Cibola National Forest - Sandia Ranger District



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