Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Faulty Loop Hike
In Sandia Mountain South Region

Hike Id H10163
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:56.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.2
Minimum Elevation 6575
Elevation Gain 1064
Total Uphill 1090
Total Downhill 1090
Avg Grade 9 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 40
Drive Time Oneway 0:35
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Travertine Falls, a beautiful place with a mighty dome of travertine with caves; the falls are at least fifty feet high, with rocks covered in green moss.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions Take I-40 east to Tijeras exit. Go left under freeway and then right into and through Canyon Estates subdivision. Follow Arrowhead to the end and PARK (0.0 mi). The trailhead is for Crest Trail 130.

Actual Hike Follow Crest Trail 130 to where it doubles back to the right. The TRAVERTINE (0.4 mi) Falls are straight ahead. You will be coming back from there. Continue on Tr. 130, pass over Travertine Falls on your left, and cross the stream that feeds it. The trail to the falls goes off to the left, but continue on Tr. 130 past a couple of switchbacks, and take the Lower Faulty Trail (Tr. 195) sharply to the right at CREST-LOW (0.8 mi). Take Tr. 195 until you reach a double-back to the left called "Upper Faulty Trail" (Tr. 195A) at SPLIT (2.0 mi). Take Upper Faulty until you reach an iron ring full of rocks at JCT-CCC (3.3 mi), which marks the junction of Crest Tr. 130 at CREST-UP (3.3 mi) (just ahead) and CCC Tr. off to the right. You might want to have lunch here. It is sixteen to seventeen switchbacks from there down to the junction for Faulty Tr. 195. Continue on Tr. 130, crossing the stream and taking the unmarked trail off to the right down to the bottom of Travertine Falls. Then cross the stream again and go back to the Crest Trail and back to the parking area.

Comments The hike up is much shorter than the one down. Don't miss Travertine Falls. It is only a few minutes from the parking area but see it on the way back. It is a beautiful place. There is a mighty dome of travertine with caves in it and the falls is at least fifty feet high, covered in green moss. Faulty Trail goes all the way to Doc Long Campground but of course we hike only a short portion of it.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 35 05.373, W 106 23.494
TRAVERTINE: N 35 05.696, W 106 23.573
CREST-LOW: N 35 05.849, W 106 23.832
SPLIT: N 35 06.717, W 106 23.876
CREST-UP: N 35 05.916, W 106 24.360
JCT-CCC: N 35 05.935, W 106 24.350

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 25Sep10, Garmin, Mike Coltrin
GPX:WayTrack, 26Aug09, Garmin, John Boyd
GPX:Waypoints, 26Aug09, Garmin, John Boyd
GPX:Track, 26Aug09, Garmin, John Boyd

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Mike Coltrin
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Howard Carr