Getting ready at the truck, there was no parking at the lot, so we parked along the road.
Starting the walk up the road to the trailhead, only about a 1/4 mile.
The beginning of La Luz
Views of the foothills
Deb up ahead
7 miles to go! (it's an 8 mile trail)
Kevin and Deb grinding up the hill
Views behind with the lower section of the trail showing
Sandia Crest up above us (and still 6 miles away)
Deb on the first patches of snow we encountered
Lots of running today
KZ, birthday boy, having a great day
Albuquerque peaking through the canyon
A big flat desert...
The terrain is getting better ;-)
Looking closely you can see the La Luz switchbacking on the hillside ahead, marked by snow.
Getting closer and now in the snow for good
Instead of the "new" La Luz, we went up the old La Luz trail, which was steeper, but packed down pretty good.
Much steeper that it looks in this photo
As evidenced by the angle Deb is bent over at...
Notice the Katoola Microspikes...there was no going up easily without them.
Looking back at Kevin texting a photo to Michelle R.
Steep and deep
This is where the fun began. Here we took a left and had to go straight up the snowslide...hardrock training!
A nice view as I begin up the slope
The was steep and difficult and one slip would send you sliding to who knows where
Kevin following Deb up.
Deb has lots of experience doing this from being at Hardrock
Looking straight up
...and looking back down.
There's nothing to stop you but trees if you slip
Looking back down again
On a flat spot near the top.
I have no idea what Kevin was pointing at...maybe something to the effect of not wanting to slip here.
Deb leads the way through the trees
The steps on the Crest Spur trail we're now on.
We're now at around 10,200'
Very nice up here
Kevin taking a picture of me taking a picture of him
Sign just now becoming visible as the snow melts.
Nice view of ABQ from up around 10,400' (not at the top yet)
Just looking around
Heading towards the tram now
We decided against the cabin today due to the snow, it was 1.5 miles up. Next time...
I had just postholed, KZ beside me for some perspective ;-)
I'm 6', KZ is 6'5".
The snow was soft and you had to be careful to not break a leg.
At the Tram and ski lift now
We had some and we didn't bring it beyond this point
Looking down the Sandia Ski Slopes (looking east)
Ahhh....halfway and we cheer Kevin's birthday with an ESB (me) and a cocoa brown (KZ).
Deb's drinking coke ;-)
Looking down the Tram lines disappearing into the cliffs
Tram coming up
Kevin is high
Love this picture of Deb
(Kevin Z photo)
Deb pointed out the obvious to us
I promise not to feed the bears or mountain lions!
Back down we go
Trail's not looking too bad here!
The beer made me feel really tired and I was having trouble keeping up with Deb and KZ.
Looking across the canyon to the Tram line
Don't want to slip here, big dropoff to our left
Thank you, Albuquerque Road Runners!
Into the deep and steep snow again now, only this time we're going down!
We were thinking of glissading, but there were too many boulders poking through.
Deb and Kevin coming down the steep snowfield
Now for some fun....running in soft snow through the trees
Much steeper than it looks here, but it was a blast!
Ran fairly hard down the last 5 miles of trail, so no photos.
Done in 4.5 hours total, sitting in the shade waiting for Deb and Kevin.
Kevin comes in 5 minutes later...
...and Deb 2 minutes after that. We all had a fun day.
Now on to the Range to celebrate Kevin's birthday! (and more beer) ;-)