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kcoakleyLa Luuuzzz


With crampons
Posted Jul 22, 2017 11:38 am

larvitarA dream fulfilled  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2016


I'd wanted to climb the Sandias ever since my parents took me up the tram at age 12. Back then the mountains looked impossibly stark and rocky (to an Appalachian kid like me), but after tackling Mt. Washington and Katahdin earlier this summer, La Luz felt like a walk in the park (a very long one, though...). Beautiful weather all the way up; on the way down a thunderstorm swept up from the valley and just barely missed me. All in all, it was a great hike, one I hope to take my (still hypothetical) kids on someday.
Posted Sep 2, 2016 1:25 am

utahguy058The Views From Here  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2015


The views from the top of this peak were spectacular, and fun to see the valley and Albuquerque below! Thanks New Mexico for the enchantment!
Posted Apr 12, 2015 8:40 pm

jdzahariaLa Luz Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014


Hiked up with my wife and brother-in-law. Great views all the way. Busy summit. Rode in the car with my wife's parents on the way down.
Posted Oct 13, 2014 12:24 pm

SwithichVia the Knife Edge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2014
Normally I save posts with regards to multiple summits of the same peak, but I used a very different route this time. Made a loop of the Piedra Lisa, Crest Trail, and La Luz. Very good hike/scramble. Well worth it for someone looking for a challenge.

Posted Jun 2, 2014 2:00 am

Tracywith crutches and an ankle compressionboot (and a rental car)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2014


I had planned to hike Wheeler Peak on this trip to New Mexico, but due to a recently sprained ankle I had to change my itinerary, so I settled for Sandia Crest via the road. My wife was with me and she enjoyed the mode of travel used to get to the top.
Posted May 31, 2014 8:52 pm

SenadRLa Luz Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013


Via La Luz trail, long day on this mountain, great views from the top.
Posted Nov 11, 2013 8:44 am

WoodswalkerSandia Peak  Sucess!


1983. Enjoyable hike. Windy at the top. Didn't see anyone except some guy playing the guitar on a rock.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 1:09 pm

TJ311Awesome Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013


Flew out to ABQ from DAL to do this hike. What a gorgeous trail. Started at the lower tram and connected to La Luz Trail from there. Ended up with about 11.5 miles and 5000 feet of total elevation gain. Fun FUN day!!
Posted Sep 17, 2013 6:23 pm

dandrewLower Tram to La Luz to Crest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013


Finally decided to hike this bad boy after having lived in ABQ for over five years. I just don't get too motivated to hike a peak when there's a road and tram to the top. Notwithstanding it is a great hike. Those granite walls are amazing up close. Started at lower tram parking area and took connector trail to the La Luz.
Posted Jul 27, 2013 2:01 pm

cftbqLa Luz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2013


After staring at it for year, finally made the logistics work out to spend a day doing an honest climb of this peak. Ran the La Luz trail with only a handful of other people. RT moving time 6:15. A gorgeous, sunny late spring day.
Posted May 23, 2013 11:18 pm

jdrummerk63many times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2013
I really enjoy doing this one right after some fresh snow via la luz.
Posted Apr 1, 2013 12:42 pm

mtsptfamNot Quite The Way I Like
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


Had a group of teens in Gallup and heard I had to hit this mountain. Unfortunately ended up just riding the tram up and never hit the actual summit. Bummer for me but enjoyable for everyone else in the group. The tram ride was interesting and the views were beautiful. Next time I will be hiking it and going the whole way to the top. I wasn't even aware of all the interesting climbing near here. Overall though glad to see another different portion of God's creation.
Posted Mar 29, 2013 10:31 pm

orbitorFrom the Tram  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2012


Flew in to Albuquerque for 3-day trip to bag Wheeler. Had first afternoon free, so took the tram up and strolled to the highest point in the Sandias for acclimatization. Decidedly anticlimactic, but nice views of the desert nonetheless.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 2:53 pm

birdheadFrom La Luz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012


Hiked La Luz to the upper tram station, then over to the summit parking lot, the down Crest Spur trail, and back down La Luz to the car.
Posted Sep 30, 2012 8:11 pm

SwithichVia La Luz  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2012
Hiked from Tramway to La Luz to South Crest Trail Spur to Tramway. The day was perfect, there was a heavy haze minimizing the sun effect and a decent breeze to keep us cool. Be aware there is two feet of snow in places in the boulder field.

And I concur with what was said before beautiful views in every direction.

Posted Apr 28, 2012 10:32 pm

pattondHome away from home  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2012


Climbed many times in my life as a native Burqueno. Favorite is to run La Luz from the County Line restaurant and back (20 miles). Also on my Sandia crossing run with friends in 2008
Posted Jan 12, 2012 6:54 pm

joseyinnetcrisp fall morning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2011


Beautiful views every which way.
Posted Dec 13, 2011 1:09 am

markhyamsmany times  Sucess!


I've summitted Sandia Peak many times, from the base of the Tram, from La Luz, climbing the Shield, from Tree Spring on the east side. I learned all the "secret" shortcuts too, eventually. Wonderful peak, and at over 4,000 feet of prominence, one of this country's best.
Posted Dec 7, 2011 3:10 am

SocorroFun, long hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008


Hiked up from La Luz. Great day, a bit of snow on the ground, lots of geocaches.
Posted Oct 26, 2011 1:09 pm

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