Hiked the Pino Trail near Albuquerque on May 3rd. This trail is in the Sandia Mountains, part of the Cibola National Forest. The trail runs for about 4.75 miles (7.6km) from the parking lot to the crest. Elevation at the parking lot is 6,472 feet (1,972m) and at the crest it is 9,300 feet (2,834m), so an elevation gain of 2,828 feet (862m). The last third of the hike was fairly steep and I had to break out my trekking poles. 🙂
The Pino is a beautiful trail, but extensive damage to trees by the bark beetle was evident everywhere. In the pics, all those gray trees you see have been killed by bark beetles. As I understand it, there is nothing they can do about it
The post you see in one of last pictures is where the Pino Trail intersects with the Crest Trail and the Cienega Trail.
Update: Hiked the Pino Trail again on June 3, 2016. For complete hike description, topo map with the GPS route, and video… Click Here
Took about three hours to get to the crest and two hours to get back down. It was a good workout, even more so than the La Luz Trail.