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CheesySciFiMy first summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2002

CheesySciFi

I started out near the bottom of the ski lifts, and started walking briskly uphill. I soon found out that hiking at 8,700 feet above sea level is not quite the same as 87 feet. My heart started pounding and I was gasping for air. After I slowed down, I made it to the top just fine.
Posted Nov 17, 2007 10:07 am

forjanLa Luz Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007

forjan

Nice morning hike to the top (Sandia Crest house). Cool but calm & sunny. Just under 4 hrs car-to-car.
Posted Nov 4, 2007 11:33 am

forjanKnife Edge of the Shield  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2007

forjan

This is by far the most exposed, airy and spicy 4th class route that I've soloed. A windy day on the ridge added to the alpine feeling. At one point just by the prominent notch, I thought about turning around completely. Test every hold as the rock is not 100% solid. Took the Sandia Peak tram down where a friend picked me up back to Albuquerque.
Posted Oct 15, 2007 12:00 pm

Art VandalayBeen there a bunch of times  Sucess!

Art Vandalay

I've hiked up La Luz several times. The last time I was there though, was at the end of a 15 mile traverse from I-40 over South Sandia Peak. That's a cool hike.
Posted Jul 5, 2007 6:48 pm

weeds19Many a time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2001

weeds19

I've ascended this peak quite a few times by foot, bike, car and tram. I even proposed to my wife on the summit overlooking Albuquerque on a brisk November day. The Sandias help to make Albuquerque a fun place to live.
Posted Mar 21, 2007 1:04 am

lizrdboyMany ups and downs  Sucess!

lizrdboy

The La Luz trail used to be in my back yard... wish it still was.
Posted Feb 25, 2007 10:52 pm

e-doctrip

e-doc

out with my wife looking at UNMMC for residency in 1992. XC skied a little then drove up to top. Great weather, great views. I forgot about this mounatin as its been so long ago.
Posted Dec 31, 2006 4:19 am

surgentHike through snow mush  Sucess!

surgent

Took tram then hiked 1.5 miles through muddy snow and gunk to top. Also drove up in 2003. One day I'd like to hike the La Luz Trail.
Posted Oct 11, 2006 3:19 pm

Dan the JonesFirst Sandia Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2005

Dan the Jones

A great first hike in the Sandias. The best feeling is driving in Albuquerque and looking at the Sandias, knowing that I hiked up all that vert. Descended via tram. This hike is a classic for New Mexico
Posted Apr 12, 2006 7:39 pm

andrea walkerRoute Climbed: La Luz Date Climbed: July 12, 2005  Sucess!
What a gorgeous day it was.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 12:52 am

Garon CorizRoute Climbed: La Luz Trail Date Climbed: July 12, 2005  Sucess!

Garon Coriz

The hike was longer than I expected but we still made it within four hours with a dozen short breaks.
Posted Jul 12, 2005 10:53 pm

gruntRoute Climbed: La Luz Trail Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

grunt

I hiked this with some friends that summer, just before my senior year of high school.
Posted Jul 9, 2005 11:03 pm

Midlife MountaineerRoute Climbed: La Luz or Tramway Trail to La Luz Date Climbed: 2002-2005 5 times (or so)  Sucess!

Midlife Mountaineer

If you include the Tramway Trail it adds a couple of miles to your hike. This is advantageous if you want to ride the tram back to your car. If you're hiking with someone, take two cars and save yourself a couple of miles.
Posted Jun 25, 2005 9:46 pm

LinejudgeRoute Climbed: La Luz Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 1992  Sucess!
Nice dayhike.
Posted Mar 31, 2005 5:39 pm

puma_patrickRoute Climbed: La Luz Trail Date Climbed: Oct 4, 1998  Sucess!

puma_patrick

A family outing. A great hike with the same view.



PJC
Posted Mar 9, 2005 12:53 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: La Luz Date Climbed: mid 1980's  Sucess!

ChuckO

Basic up/down jaunt. Impressed by some trail runners/ultra marathoners that passed me by. Wasn't into trad climbing at the time, or else would have been more focused on the rock!
Posted Oct 18, 2004 2:25 pm

bc44caesarMultiple  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2003

bc44caesar

11 Feb 2006 - Knife Edge of the Shield
This route is too much fun!

17 Apr 2005 - La Luz (Winter Route)
Still enough snow in the canyon to make a direct line the most feasible. Popped onto the crest just as bad weather hit...tornados by the airport even! A nice family gave me a ride down sparing me from an unpleasant descent.

23 Oct 2004 - Knife Edge of the Shield
Awesome scrambling route.

2 Aug 2003 - Agua Sarca to North Crest Trail
First time to top of Sandias - Agua Sarca is steep and difficult to follow in places - the Crest Trail is gorgeous and easy. Took Embudito Trail to S. Sandia Peak where it was incredibly windy!
Posted Feb 16, 2004 1:00 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: La Luz Trail Date Climbed: January 10, 2004  Sucess!

sbkelley

After negotiating the maze of trails down low, I made it up in about 3 hours or so...what a hell of a hike! Not to mention the view - it's pretty centrally located in northern New Mexico so you can see most of the state (or so it seems) from the top. Definitely will have to do this one again.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 1:13 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: Embudito/Crest Trail Date Climbed: August 4, 2003  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Fun but long trek with good views of ABQ. It's neat to see the changing desert terrain at the base to more wooded terrain near the top.
Posted Nov 30, 2003 9:43 am

JoshRoute Climbed: Several rock routes and the road Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

Josh

I've done a few technical rock routes on the slopes of Sandia Peak. Good climbing. I've only been to the summit once, and that was via the road.
Posted Jan 25, 2003 12:55 pm

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