Sandia Peak - Crest Trail #130


Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking
Dog Friendly
Length: 3.25 miles
Elevation: 10,288 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Seasonal: 3 Season (Snow in winter: Snowshoe)
Driving Distance from Plaza: 60 miles

From the trailhead head south along the paved trail to the right of the restrooms. A few hundred yards along the trail the pavement will turn to dirt. There is an intermittant rail, always stay to the left of the rail. At 0.25 miles the trail will turn sharply left and ascend a stairway. Take the stairs to the top. At the top turn hard right and look for the fork in the trail. Take the right fork to Crest Trail #130. The trail will switchback through the forest most of the rest of the hike. At 0.55 miles the trail forks. Follow the left fork for Crest Trail #130. At 1.6 miles reach the Sandia Tram Platform. Return via Reverse Route.

From the junction of I-25 and I-40 in Albuquerque, go east on I-40 for 15 miles to the junction of NM-14. Follow NM-14 north 5.8 miles to the junction of SR-536. Turn left on SR-536 and follow the winding road about 13 miles to the top at Sandia Crest. Park at the lower parking lot and pay the park fee. The trailhead is at the south end of the lower parking lot.