Day Hike: 10K / Ellis / South Crest Loop (Part 2) ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, June 9, 2017

After being forced to bail out of this hike a week ago, due to storm clouds and thunder, we came back out to the 10K Trailhead today to finish our loop hike. The day’s weather was in complete cooperation with our hiking plans, but signage and lack of signage would present some unexpected challenges! ๐Ÿ™‚ Read more…

Closure: Bear Activity ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Update: August 14, 2017 Click Here for the closure order and map of the closure area.


As of today, August 7, 2017, due to high bear activity in Cienega Canyon, the Sulphur Canyon and Doc Long picnic areas, along with the surrounding trails, are closed. The Sandia Ranger District will provide more details on this closure in the next day or so.

Heads Up: Cost of a Senior Pass is Going Up!!

If you are 62+ years old and haven’t purchased your Senior Pass, you better do it now before the price goes up. Way up!!!!!!!

Through August 27, 2017, you ย can purchase a Senior Pass for only $10 and the pass is good for your lifetime. On August 28th., the price for the lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80.

You can purchase a Senior Pass here in ABQ at any forest service office, such as the Sandia Ranger District on Hwy. 337 in Tijeras, the Petroglyph National Monument on Unser, or the Cibola National Forest Service office, north of Osuna at Chappel. I believe you can also purchase the pass at the BLM office.

Among other things, the Senior Pass is good for free entrance to national parks (like the Grand Canyon), a 50% discount on camping fees (like at Chaco Canyon), but around here, it is good for free parking at the Sandia Crest and at any fee-trailhead within the Cibola National Forest.

Click Here for more information.


Day Hike: 10K / Ellis / South Crest Loop (Part 1) ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our plan was to hike this 11.1 mile loop in one day. Unfortunately, due to building storm clouds and thunder at the crest, for safety reasons, we cut the hike short at the Ellis Trailhead and took the Challenge Trail back down to the 10K Trailhead. It turned out to be a good move on our part because about two hours later, the rain was coming down pretty good. We came back the following Friday and finished the loop. Read more…

Day Hike: Six Trails Loop ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, May 26, 2017

Actually, there really isn’t a hike called Six Trails Loop in the Sandias, but I had to call it something. And since this is a loop hike that encompasses six different trails, Six Trails Loop sounded appropriate!ย  Read more…

Backpacking: San Pedro Parks Wilderness ~ Cuba, New Mexico, USA

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Overnight backing trip to the San Pedro Parks Wilderness (SPPW) near Cuba, New Mexico. Hiked three trails: the Vacas Trail (#51), Damian Trail (#436), and the Palomas Trail (#50).

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Day Hike: Embudo Trailhead to 3 Gun Spring Trail to Oso Pass to Embudito Trailhead ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hiked all, or part, of three trails today. Started the hike from one trailhead. Finished the hike at another trailhead. Yes… that means this hike requires a shuttle! ๐Ÿ™‚ Got an earlier start for this hike because we had to drop one vehicle off at the Embudito Trailhead. Then drove the second vehicle a few miles south to the Embudo Trailhead. Our plan was to hike the Embudo Trail up to Post Pass, where the Embudo Trail ends, then hike the 3 Gun Spring Trail up to Oso Pass, then hike the Embudito Trail down to its trailhead.

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