Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

South Crest from Canyon Estates Hike
In Sandia Mountain South Region

Hike Id H10189
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:18.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.9
Minimum Elevation 6554
Elevation Gain 1475
Total Uphill 1480
Total Downhill 1480
Avg Grade 10 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 40
Drive Time Oneway 0:35
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Interesting views to the east and south. An east mountains hike fairly close to Albuquerque.

Cautions Trail is steep and rocky at times, so trekking poles are recommended.

Trailhead Directions I-40 east, then take Tijeras exit 175. DO NOT FOLLOW ROAD TO CEDAR CREST. Instead, go left, back under the highway and then right into Canyon Estates, follow main road all way to end at the trailhead and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike After 15-20 minutes into hike follow sign to Travertine Falls and caves, then southeast and then west joining main Crest Trail 130 again. You will pass the top of the falls (TOPOFFALLS (0.5 mi)), and intersections with Faulty Trail (FAULTYTR (0.8 mi)) and Faulty Loop (FAULTYLP (1.8 mi)). Go at least until you can see over the other side down to the highway. Stop at LUNCH (3.4 mi),which is just after the trail becomes steeper.

Comments After the switchback climb from Travertine Falls up to the second half of Faulty Loop, the trail becomes very gradual and easy. Views of the cement factory complex and town of Carnuel off to the south. If you go far enough you'll get great views of Three Gun Spring Canyon, and Albuquerque.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 35 05.388, W 106 23.475
TOPOFFALLS: N 35 05.711, W 106 23.636
FAULTYTR: N 35 05.851, W 106 23.834
FAULTYLP: N 35 05.928, W 106 24.351
LUNCH: N 35 05.405, W 106 25.306

GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 03Dec10, Garmin, Rodger Carlson
GPX:Waypoints, 02Dec09, Garmin, Rodger Carlson
GPX:Track, 02Nov09, Garmin, John Boyd

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author John Boyd
Waypoints Author Rodger Carlson
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Nancy Carr