Went on a great hike this morning with a good group of people from the ASCHG. Hiked a loop: Up the North Piedra Lisa Trail, then hiked back down the Del Agua Trail, both on the north side of the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque. Didn’t hike all the way up to to saddle where the North Piedra Lisa Trail meets up with the South Piedra Lisa Trail, but look forward to doing that entire hike, from north to south, at some point in the near future. The Del Agua Trail was a bit more challenging than the Piedra Lisa Trail, as you will see in the pics. There were a couple of minor slips, but no falls, except for the water variety.

Elevation at the parking area is 5,994 feet (1,827m) and the highest point we reached was 7,954 feet (2,424m) for an elevation gain of 1,380 feet (420m). The total distance of the loop was 5.2 miles (8.3 km) and total hiking time was 2 .8 hours, but with stops we were cradled in the arms of Mother Nature for a little over 4 hours! 🙂

So here they are, the group of hikers I went out with today:

And here are the pics from today’s hike, just click on the first one to open up the manual slideshow: