First climb in New Mexico. Very dry conditions.
My wife Penelope and I hiked to North Sandia Peak from the Towers area while scouting the route from the top of the Shield to the Crest. Nice, short hike. Wonderful views.
We soloed the Knife Edge the next day by hiking to it from Piedra Lisa TH. Wonderful scramble. From the top of the Shield, hiked to the summit of North Sandia Peak again and to the Towers. From there hiked La Luz Trail down to our car, 14 miles RT. Good Day.
As stated. It is like a free peak on your way to the crest trail.
I used to live in Sandia Foothills, and ran all over place. It was during my long distance running time. I summited North Sandia peak several times via different approaches.
Did this on Labor Day with some friends from the Crest parking lot. We found a great overlook just northwest of the summit for views to the north into Bernalillo and Placitas. This is a great hike for taking folks who are unaccustomed to mountains so they can have some great scenery.
David, Whitny, Nizhoni, and I set out to do the east saddle of the Needle. Unfortunately, the weather was not down so we went for North Sandia instead. The forecast was as follows:
Scattered snow showers before 11am, then scattered rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a west wind between 25 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Took the easy route from the Crest. Beautiful peak, great aspens and views, would love to do it via a more dramatic route.
I first hiked this mountain with my dad when I was a little kid maybe 5yrs old. There are lots of caves, geodes, and other interesting things all the way up. My favorite mountain in the word. I may be bias from having grown up in it's shadow and having some of my oldest and fondest memories created there.
Not as much snow as the recon trip showed the week prior. David, Graeme, and I used the terrific weather to do a day-trip. We started at 8:40 am and summited around 4:30 pm (snow and inexperienced climbers are fun but time-consuming). We then hiked to Sandia Crest where we were picked up for a nice ride to our car at the Piedra Lisa Trailhead by my pops.
Second time up North Sandia Peak via Knife Edge of the Shield. Fun scrambling, incredible views from the ridge!
Joined by my inexperienced friend from high school, I took ropes and gear to help teach him the basics. This is a great route with an amazing atmosphere that I'm sure I'll visit again.
Linked this up with the Knife's Edge, then went down the La Luz. Long fun hike. Well worth it.
Mostly overcast day but this made for a beautiful and easy hike. Amazing views of the Needle.
Climbed with Marriane, Eric and Randy from top Crest parking, came back on 10k.
This is my local mountain, you think I wouldnt have climber ut each and every way.
Hiked from Tramway Trail to La Luz trail to Sandia Crest. Then hiked North Crest Trail to peak. Returned to tram for a ride to my car; well worth the $8 fee.
Some of the best views in the Sandias and fewer people. Approached from the north as a bushwhack, then returned to the parking area via lesser used spur trails.
A moderate hike in the late morning that challenged our ability to find faint trails and navigate through the brush. Gorgeous views of the Needle, Shield, Sandia Crest, and the Rio Grande valley.