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Not many cities have an 8,577-foot peak out the back door. Don’t let the hour-long climb to the summit of Picacho deter you. This two-mile (one way) hike on a well-maintained trail is a fast track to joy—at the top, take your pick of two views: One overlooking the city, the desert, and Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak in the far off distance, the other overlooking the Jemez to the west and the forest-green, rolling carpet of the Sangre de Cristos to the northeast.

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Picacho Peak

Not many cities have an 8,577-foot peak out the back door. Don’t let the hour-long climb to the summit of Picacho deter you. This two-mile (one way) hike on a well-maintained trail is a fast track to joy—at the top, take your pick of two views: One overlooking the city, the desert, and Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak in the far off distance, the other overlooking the Jemez to the west and the forest-green, rolling carpet of the Sangre de Cristos to the northeast.