Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

La Luz to Crest Hike
In Sandia Mountain West Region

Hike Id H10332
Last Update 2018-11-21 18:52:35.0
Hike Class E
Hike Miles 7.0
Minimum Elevation 7055
Elevation Gain 3575
Total Uphill 4830
Total Downhill 1260
Avg Grade 17 %
Route Type Oneway
Drive Miles Round Trip 20
Drive Time Oneway 0:25
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights A challenging hike with spectacular views; towers of granite; ponderosa/aspen/blue spruce forests.

Cautions Steep, so hiking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions In Albuquerque go to Tramway Blvd (SR 556). On Tramway Blvd go to Forest Hwy 333 which at the north end of Tramway in the bend to the west to I-25. Follow 333 northeast into the canyon following signs to La Luz trailhead and PARK (0.0 mi) there.

Actual Hike Follow the La Luz trail past the way TO OVERLOOK (2.8 mi) to the ROCKY ASCENT (4.8 mi). At the intersection with the CREST SPUR trail (6.4 mi), take a left. Continue on the Crest Spur Trail to the CREST (7.0 mi).

Comments To do this one-way hike, most hiking groups arrange for the van driver to drop off the hikers at the PARK location, then drive up to the CREST to pick them up.

The Sandia Ranger District has set a 25-hiker limit for this area.

The hike data were obtained from the National Geographic TOPO digital elevation model.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N35 13.185, W106 28.860
TO OVERLOOK: N35 12.696, W106 27.991
ROCKY ASCENT: N35 12.446, W106 27.313
CREST SPUR: N35 12.277, W106 26.849
CREST: N35 12.589, W106 26.912

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GPX:WayTrack, 21Nov18, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

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Text Author Carl Gervais
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer Bill Gloyd