Trail Condition: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Hiked the old trail again this morning.

Sections 1, 2, and 3 are all clear of snow/ice.

Section 4 is clear for the first 3/4 of the way, then some snow, packed snow, but almost no ice. For the most part, I was able to walk along the edges of the packed snow for most of the way, but decided to put on my spikes for the last 1/10th. of a mile or so. A couple of other hikers did the whole section without spikes. Yaks would work on this packed snow. Should be all clear in another week or so.

The main La Luz Trail is all clear up to The Five.

The Five is clear of snow/ice up to the rock slide.

Day Hike: Domingo Baca Trail to TWA Canyon ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Sunday,  March 22, 2015

For those who don’t know, in February, 1955, a TWA flight took off from the Albuquerque airport in a snowstorm. Within minutes, it crashed into the mountain killing all 16 souls on board. Some debris from that crash remains in the mountain to this day. The canyon where the crash site is located is now referred to as TWA Canyon. There is a trail that leads to the crash site which I have known about since moving here. Today felt like a good day to do this hike.

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Day Hike: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

March 11, 2015

Hiked the old trail up to The Five again this morning. Just a quick post to note trail conditions which have much improved over the last couple of weeks. I left the trail head at 8:20 AM and was back to my car at 11:45.

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Solo Backpacker… Trapped… Helpless… Hopeless…

About once a month, I have a habit of jumping on Google and searching for stories about lost hikers. Sometimes a lost-hiker story has a happy ending. Sometimes it doesn’t. I do this to remind myself how easy it is to get in trouble while hiking if you go out unprepared, especially in the back country. These story-reminders keep me on my toes, keep me from getting lazy when it comes to packing the extra supplies I would need in case of an emergency, even on day hikes, and even when I’m hiking with a group.

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Lions… and Tigers… and Bears…

I have hiked a lot and even done a little backpacking. I never see wildlife. Well, okay, there was that close encounter with a rattlesnake. Other than that, a deer or two, and a split second view of the south end of a north bound elk. That’s about it, not that I really want to get within eye-shot of a lion, or even a bear. But I hike in the wilderness. I’m supposed to see wildlife. Well, except for Tigers.

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Day Hike: Old La Luz Trail to The Five ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ USA

February 19, 2015

The Old La Luz Trail is my get-back-in-shape hike after being relatively inactive all winter. At around 6.5 miles round-trip, an elevation gain of 2,000′, and an average grade of 12%, it provides a really good workout.  My first hike was on Feb. 8th. Then hiked it again on the 19th.

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Map: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Old La Luz Trail to The Five Map

“Old La Luz to The Five” Trail Map

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