Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Ellis-Survey Loop Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10086
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:02.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.9
Minimum Elevation 9850
Elevation Gain 570
Total Uphill 735
Total Downhill 735
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 60
Drive Time Oneway 1:00
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (3.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Varied terrain, with some portions in the open and some in the trees. Good views to the west, especially beautiful when aspens are showing fall color.

Cautions Ellis trail is open to the summer sun, so wear your big hat and bring plenty of water!

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go east to the SR 14 exit and go north to Cedar Crest. At SR 536 turn left and go up the crest road 11.7 miles to The Ellis Trailhead PARK (0.0 mi) on your left. A three dollar fee or Golden Age Pass is required.

Actual Hike From PARK (0.0 mi) go north, crossing the highway. The hike follows the cutting for a road intended to go to the Sandia North Peak area. The road was never completed. The trail intersects the 10 K TRAIL (2.0 mi) after up and down travel. Turn left onto the 10K trail which goes up, crossing the SURVEY TR . Continue to the Del Agua OVERLOOK (2.3 mi). To go back return to the intersection with the SURVEY TR (2.5 mi) and go right on that trail. This trail gains elevation at a moderate rate and reaches the state ROAD (4.3 mi). The trail officially ends here. Cross the highway and go downhill on the trail. The SWITCHBACK (4.6 mi) trail joins from the right. Go straight; this is now the Switchback Trail. At LEFT (4.8 mi), leave the Switchback Trail. Arrive at the service road and go left to the parking lot.

Comments The Ellis segment of this hike is in the open. The Survey segment of this hike is in the trees. At the far end of the hike there is a view to the west overlooking Del Agua Canyon. In the fall a large stand of yellow aspens covers the northwest facing slope.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 35 12.530, W 106 26.454
10 K TRAIL: N 35 14.057, W 106 26.852
OVERLOOK: N 35 14.277, W 106 27.000
SURVEY TR: N 35 14.151, W 106 26.945
ROAD: N 35 12.727, W 106 26.763
SWITCHBACK: N 35 12.583, W 106 26.639
LEFT: N 35 12.487, W 106 26.456

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GPX:WayTrack, 23Jun10, Garmin, Dick Brown

Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Ken Smith