Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Sandia Crest Trail North Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10183
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:29.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.1
Minimum Elevation 9640
Elevation Gain 1010
Total Uphill 1010
Total Downhill 1010
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 70
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Numerous openings providing views to the west. Beautiful colors of aspens in the spring and fall. Wildflowers.

Trailhead Directions I-40 east to Tijeras exit. North on NM 14, west on Crest Road 536 all the way to the lower Crest parking lot and PARK (0.0 mi). Pay fee there or put a Golden Age Passport on the dash. There are toilet facilities at the Crest.

Actual Hike Hike north from the parking lot along the North Crest Trail. There are a number of convenient places to look out west over Albuquerque to White Mesa and beyond (see OVLOOK1 (1.1 mi) and OVLOOK2 (1.3 mi)). Go by the trail to the west that goes out to the Knife Edge of the Shield (TO KNIFE EDGE (1.6 mi)), then to the Del Agua Overlook DEL AGUA (2.1 mi)) and another unnamed one at OVLOOK3 (2.3 mi). Most of the hike so far has been in the trees. From this point, though, you'll get into brushy, more open country. At about 3 mi, start looking for a place to have lunch, such as one more overlook where you can sit on THE WALL (3.1 mi), on nearby rocks, or under trees. The return hike is mostly up hill.

Comments Since we will be on the Sandia Crest Trail we will have outstanding views in all directions and usually many flowers.

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PARK N35 12.636 W106 26.969
OVLOOK1 N35 13.482 W106 27.144
OVLOOK2 N35 13.673 W106 27.115
TO KNIFE EDGE N35 13.851 W106 27.157
DEL AGUA N35 14.276 W106 26.996
OVLOOK3 N35 14.402 W106 27.047
THE WALL N35 14.989 W106 27.025

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Text Author Marilyn Warrant
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Pat Newman