Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Crest Trail - Survey Trail Loop Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10122
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:02.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.7
Minimum Elevation 9930
Elevation Gain 720
Total Uphill 1015
Total Downhill 1015
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 60
Drive Time Oneway 1:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Forest walk with views to the west and northwest.

Cautions Some rocky stretches on the Crest Trail.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go east on I-40 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 parking on your left. A three dollar fee or Golden Age Pass is required.

Actual Hike Go south from parking on the tram service road to LEAVE ROAD (0.1 mi) and take the trail uphill to a Y intersection and go RIGHT TO CREST TRL (0.2 mi). The trail meets the Crest Trail at CREST TRAIL (0.2 mi). Turn right onto the Crest Trail and go about 300 feet at which point the Crest Trail turns uphill at LEFT (0.3 mi). After 300 feet the Crest trail meets a "road". Go RIGHT (0.4 mi). Continue on the road to the lower Crest parking lot. Walk north on the parking lot and across the paved road, where the Crest Trail is picked up again. It is about 2.5 miles to the LUNCH (3.1 mi) spot from this point. To go back return to the 10K TRAIL (3.2 mi) intersection. Go left and down hill to the intersection with the SURVEY TRAIL (3.4 mi) and go right on that trail. This trail gains elevation at a moderate rate and reaches the state ROAD (5.2 mi). The Survey Trail officially ends here. Cross the highway and go downhill on the trail to where there is a branch. The parking lot will be in sight. Bear left and continue downhill to the service road and go left to the parking lot.

Comments Going slow on the uphill will make this hike easier. The trails in the woods are smooth and "soft", but portions of the Crest Trail are quite rocky. A good summer hike, away from the heat of the city.

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PARK: N 35 12.504, W 106 26.452
LEAVE ROAD: N 35 12.438, W 106 26.436
CREST TRAIL: N 35 12.412, W 106 26.543
RIGHT TO CREST TRL: N 35 12.390, W 106 26.466
LEFT: N 35 12.442, W 106 26.625
RIGHT: N 35 12.415, W 106 26.656
LUNCH: N 35 14.342, W 106 27.039
10K TRAIL: N 35 14.262, W 106 26.978
SURVEY TRAIL: N 35 14.156, W 106 26.942
ROAD: N 35 12.729, W 106 26.768

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GPX:WayTrack, 12Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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