Driving down 550 looking at the Sandias, we'll be riking from the low point on the left to just past that high point and back.
You can barely see the antennas on top, we went about 1.5 miles beyond that to Sandia Peak.
Funny that where the antennas are look lower, but that is the high point at 10,680'.
Google Earth image of the side we did. We riked up to beyond that high point to where you can see the ski runs on the left side and back, starting in Placitas.
Image borrowed from the NM MTNRNR website.
We had to walk up from our car and came upon this nice Cottonwood with a wall around and a spring to the right coming out of the ground. This is Tunnel Spring Rd, saw the spring, but no tunnel.
Sean Cunniff getting ready down below, he slept in this morning and arrived late...but he'd catch us in no time.
Looking northwest from the trail, nothing but New Mexican wilderness.
Typical nice, runnable trail....but it is all gentle uphill for 12 miles.
Deb warming up in the warm morning sun...
Painting fodder for Deb
See, Sean caught us quickly! He was going a little further than we were and did it in an hour less time.
Looking down on Placitas, NM, where we started, with the Jemez Mountains (where we live) in the background, that's Redondo Peak in the center. 11K+' high.
That's Albuquerque that is showing it self around the corner.
We stayed on the Crest Trail
The Sangre De Christo mountains outside of Santa Fe. We were planning on going there, but too much snow still....maybe next weekend!
Some cactus above 9000', this surprised me.
True high desert here in central NM.
A horny Toad that scampered across the trail. Looks like a little dinosaur.
Looking East from an old burn section...trees are beginning to come back.
Painting fodder....ABQ behind the rocks.
Forest, mainly spruce, first appears just under 10K.
See Bogie, there are trees in Albuquerque! ;-)
Someone built walls up here!
Deb's thinking of some painting possibilities up ahead.
Another potential painting shot for Deb.
This is looking West towards ABQ.
Huh? A highway up here over 10,000'?
Notice that we are now running in snow...
There it is....the highway that the tourists drive up on to get to the top.
We much prefer our mode of travel...
At the top, just a little further so we can get closer to 30 miles.
Equipment up top
Looking down on ABQ from the lookout.
ABQ is at 5100' and we're at around 10,700'.
My work is waaaay down there...somewhere in that confusion.
We're going over there next...a little further south.
Many antennas up here! Those were the ones visible from below.
We took this Crest Spur trail to the La Luz on Sean's recommendation.
Steep dropoff on one side of the trail, so slow running. Didn't want to trip up here.
Half mile to La Luz
Looking down from the Crest Spur trail
Nice views up here.
Thank you, ABQ Road Runners!
Deb coming down off the Crest Spur, it was cold up here, but warming up.
Old weather worn sign
Great views from the La Luz trail.
There is a race run up this trail from the bottom here in August, it's already full.
Albuquerque and the foothills down below
Tram cable...we're going to turn around at the top of the Tram.
More dangerous dropoffs, so Deb walked ;-)
But a nice trail with great views!
Deb walking again...she's nervous near the edge.
Tram coming up full of touristos
We had our lunch inside the tram house. This is a shot looking down the tram cables, that seem to disappear into the rocks.
I saw this up on a hill in the distance, it's the Kiwanis cabin and "must" be the high point on the mountain. We decided to not go up to it.
13.5 miles to go to the trailhead, another 1/4 mile to our car.
See Bogie, more forest! ;-)
Took a vid of us running down the burned out area.
This was a close cactus call....I dodged left to avoid the Pinon tree sticking out on the trail and almost ran into the Cholla Cactus.
Not far after this I took a header and my hand is purple today.
Cholla about to bloom...Spring in New Mexico!
Our VW Golf that couldn't make it up the 4WD road (3 inch clearance), waiting to take us home.
It was a great day on a really nice trail...we're already talking about a double crossing, which would take us across to the other end and back, about 53 miles.