Yesterday morning, drove up to the Crest House in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque for a loop hike with the ASCHG.

Hiked the Crest Spur Trail to where it met the La Luz Trail. Then followed the La Luz up to the Sandia Peak Tram. After a short break, took the Gravel Pit Trail through the woods to where it met the trail that leads to the Kiwanis Cabin and then up to the cabin for a lunch stop. After lunch, we hiked back into the woods and then back up to the Crest House, although I am not certain as to the name of the trail, but I think it was the Gravel Pit to the Crest Trail.

The elevation at the Crest House is around 10,590 feet (3,227m) and with the wind blowing and hiking in the shade, it was quite nippy when we first started. Along the Crest Spur, the views were magnificent, as were the views from the Crest House and the Sandia Peak Tram. It felt like being on top of the world.

Hiking through the woods on the Gravel Pit Trail was a nice compliment to the scenic views from the crest. Ran into a couple of workers who were cutting up a tree that was blocking the trail on our final leg back to the Crest House, not to mention numerous others who had ridden the tram up.

My GPS unit glitched out on me so I wasn’t able to get a track, waypoints, elevations, times, and distances on this hike. Did the best I could by drawing in the loop hike, which you will see in the map images, below. It was either that, or go back up today and re-hike the whole thing. Nope. Don’t think so!! πŸ™‚

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Here is a short video of my hiking companions:

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