Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Sandia Crest To Del Agua Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10335
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:03.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 4.5
Minimum Elevation 9840
Elevation Gain 810
Total Uphill 980
Total Downhill 980
Avg Grade 11 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 70
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 1 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.

Cautions Some uphill on the return portion of the hike.

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). Parking requires a $3 fee, the Senior Pass, or a Golden Age Passport.

Actual Hike From parking go north toward the communication towers where there will be a poster board. The Crest Trail continues here. The trail starts by running along the east side of the communication towers fence. The main trail drops slowly to a point where you can LEAVE (1.0 mi) and head toward the edge for open views. Continue along a wide open area until it pitches down and take the trail to rejoin the CREST TRAIL (1.4 mi). The trail now has some steep down pitches until the intersection with the 10K TRAIL (2.2 mi). Just beyond this point is a nice view spot. Then continue down the trail to the Del Agua OVERLOOK (2.3 mi).

Comments There are numerous openings providing views to the west.

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PARK: N 35 12.655, W 106 26.961
LEAVE: N 35 13.482, W 106 27.133
CREST TRAIL: N 35 13.648, W 106 27.119
10K TRAIL: N 35 14.270, W 106 26.991
OVERLOOK: N 35 14.343, W 106 27.042

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GPX:WayTrack, 29Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Ken Smith