Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Challenge Loop Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10438
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:51.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 6.3
Minimum Elevation 8613
Elevation Gain 1390
Total Uphill 1450
Total Downhill 1450
Avg Grade 10 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 56
Drive Time Oneway 0:45
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (3.0 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights Wildflowers, aspen groves, overlooks.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take 1-40 east to Tijeras exit 175, then go north on SR 14 to SR 536. Go east up the mountain to the Sandia Ski Area, and park along the road at PARK-SKI BASIN.

Actual Hike From parking, walk across the ski basin parking lot to the north side. Go up the road west until the Challenge Trail (an old logging road). Continue up the Challenge Trail and TURN NORTH (1.6 mi) to reach the NINE MILE (1.9 mi) picnic ground parking area. Walk on an old road until you reach NINE1 (2.4 mi). Then continue up past CHALLENGE (3.6 mi) to the 10K TH (3.9 mi) parking lot and have lunch. On the return take the 10K South Trail to CHALLENGE (4.2 mi). Continue on 10K South, then turn east at the 10K SOUTH (4.3 mi) waypoint. Follow to NINE2 (4.9 mi) then to NINE1 (5.1 mi) again. When you come to a fork (soon after the NINE1 waypoint), turn right and follow the trail back to the ski basin trail. Then turn right (south) to return to the ski basin parking lot.

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PARK-SKI BASIN: N35 12.431, W106 24.744
TURN NORTH: N35 12.921, W106 25.158
NINE MILE: N35 12.935, W106 25.452
NINE1: N35 12.627, W106 25.460
CHALLENGE: N35 12.357, W106 25.927
10K TH: N35 12.581, W106 26.140
10K SOUTH: N35 12.272, W106 25.898
NINE2: N35 12.442, W106 25.477

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GPX:WayTrack, 11May11, Garmin, Dennis Vick

Text Author Dennis Vick
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dennis Vick
Track Author Dennis Vick
Maintainer Dennis Kramer