Easily my favorite hike in all the Sandias. I've done this several times. In the summer, winter, in the middle of snowstorms and white-out conditions, at night... you name it! It never gets old. Great views, short, easy, and plenty of opportunities for scrambling. For a particularly fun time scramble up the waterfall and hike up the arroyo (instead of following the trail) until it ends at an awesome and steep bushwhack to the top!
I came up from the open space off of Copper. I thought I'd have to scramble the whole route, but stumbled upon the mentioned trail while looking for a solid ridgeline. Came down from saddle between 7657 and 7420 to the U-Mound climbing area.
I was stopped by a guy that said the "eye of the sandias" had been repainted a few years ago and the old Zia art was lost. Just an FYI. Also there is good bouldering higher up on the trail. Enjoy.
Summited via the waterfall trail, and descended the Eye of the Sandia Trail. I enjoyed the scramble at the summit, and the views were great. The only downside was that I did this in the afternoon, and it was too hot! Next time I will wait for a moderately warm winter day.
We followed davebobk47's Eye of the Sandias Trail route description right on up to the summit of this cool little urban mountain. We enjoyed the short-but-sweet summit scramble and the wide-open summit views from the bouldery top. On the downside, the husband went to take a photo and the camera battery flew out of the bottom of the camera and was never seen again. (As a result, we have no summit photos.) Great views, even on this cold cloudy day. The views definitely inspired us to return to Albuquerque for another weekend of hiking - there are so many summits to choose from! Hiking partner: Husband. Dogs: Lady, Bing & Lela.
Summited via both waterfall trail and Eye of the Sandia trail.. Fun scramble.