Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Ellis - 10K - Survey Loop Hike
In Sandia Mountain East Region

Hike Id H10511
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:25.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 4.5
Minimum Elevation 9850
Elevation Gain 570
Total Uphill 580
Total Downhill 580
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type CCW Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 60
Drive Time Oneway 1:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.2 by 6 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 10

Highlights Nice views to east. Good hike for wildflowers and butterflies. Return trail nicely shaded.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque go east on I-40 to the SR 14 exit and go north to Cedar Crest. At SR 536 turn left and go up the crest road 11.7 miles to The Ellis Trailhead PARK on your left. A three dollar fee or Golden Age Pass is required.

Actual Hike From PARK go north, crossing the highway. The hike follows the cutting for a road intended to go to the Sandia North Peak area. The road was never completed. The trail intersects the 10 K TRAIL (2.0 mi) after up and down travel. Turn left onto the 10K trail which goes up to the intersection with the SURVEY TR (2.2 mi) and go left on that trail. This trail gains elevation at a moderate rate and reaches the state ROAD (4.0 mi). The trail officially ends here. Cross the highway and go downhill on the trail. The SWITCHBACK (4.2 mi) trail joins from the right. Go straight; this is now the Switchback Trail. At LEFT (4.4 mi), leave the Switchback Trail. Arrive at the service road and go left to the parking lot.

Comments The Ellis segment of this hike is in the open. The Survey segment of this hike is in the trees.

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PARK: N35 12.530, W106 26.454
10K TRAIL: N35 14.057, W106 26.852
SURVEY TR: N35 14.151, W106 26.945
ROAD: N35 12.727, W106 26.763
SWITCHBACK: N35 12.583, W106 26.639
LEFT: N35 12.487, W106 26.456

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