Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

South Crest from Canyon Estates To Bathtub Hike
In Sandia Mountain South Region

Hike Id H10334
Last Update 2020-01-02 19:37:25.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 9.1
Minimum Elevation 6566
Elevation Gain 2042
Total Uphill 2067
Total Downhill 2067
Avg Grade 11 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 40
Drive Time Oneway 0:35
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (3.5 by 2 hikers)
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. The Bathtub, a large hole in the rock, is interesting and unusual.

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.

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 (TOP OF FALLS (0.6 mi)), and intersections with Faulty Trail (FAULTY TR (0.9 mi)) and Faulty Loop (FAULTY LP (2.0 mi)). The trail becomes steeper. Take a southerly turn at TURN TO TOP (4.4 mi) to go by a rock that has a nice seat (BATHTUB (4.6 mi)). Then find a nice place for lunch and return the way you came.

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 will 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
TOP OF FALLS: N 35 05.711, W 106 23.636
FAULTY TR: N 35 05.851, W 106 23.834
FAULTY LP: N 35 05.928, W 106 24.351
TURN TO TOP: N 35 05.680, W 106 25.715
BATHTUB: N 35 05.581, W 106 25.721

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GPX:WayTrack, 28Sep10, Garmin, Rodger Carlson

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Map Author Rodger Carlson
Waypoints Author Rodger Carlson
Track Author Rodger Carlson
Maintainer Nancy Carr