Snow shoed it in mid december. Tons of fun. Some sketchy parts but so worth it.
La Luz is about as fun as it gets in the Sandias.. at least if you want to stay on a trail.
Was I successful? I reached the summit, but all hiking trails except Foothills were closed due to fire danger effective this a.m. :-( I snuck one short hike in before learning this, but was only able to hike paved trails and the road.
Awesome views of Albuquerque!
In town for my sister's XC race, decided to summit Sandia. Started running at the La Luz trailhead, got up in just over an hour and a half. Hauled down the mountain and ran in to a couple of fellow trail runners on the way down. My ride was gone so I had to run all the way back in to town...long boring down the road after such an awesome mountain experience. The La Luz trail is about as good as they come.
Have hiked this peak several times.
We drove to the top, and walk up the ramp to the top using the hand rail. It was a very exhausting 200 feet. It was cloudy that day so I couldn't see anything.
Climbed Sandia Peak several times via La Luz trail and twice up the Knife Edge of the Shield. Awesome views from the trail and the ridge.
Parked at the cable car parking, and started the connecting trail to get to the La Luz trailhead. Couldn't find it, but ended up the La Luz trail anyway a bit further up the mountain. Took the cablecar down. A nicer hike than I thought it would be.
Awesome views the whole way up. Kinda disheartening that after climbing almost 4000ft up, you're surrounded by people who just drove up the backside. But they didn't get the great views on the way up. Or down. Pics
Awesome views down into Albuquerque. Logged so many miles the past couple of days that my legs started to cramp up a bit. Enjoyed watching the hummingbirds on the observation deck at top.
Started at Piedra Lisa Trailhead, up the Knife Edge of the Shield, along the crest to Sandia Peak, and onto the tram for a easy, knee-saving ride down. Some kinds folks were nice enough to give us a ride back to the car.
I live currently at Sandia foothills, and I hiked, ran to the top of Sandias many times using different trail. I think that La Luz is the most scenic one, but Pino trail is nice too - more isolated and empty.
Hiked it from the tram with my family....great views but wayyy overused...A storm rolled in later that day...Wayyy easy from the tram, too easy...but still a great peak
Difficult but rewarding snowshoe trip from Embudito.
Started hiking up from Juan Tabo Parking Lot at 9:45 am. Got to the summit (3,255 m/10,678 ft) at 12:45 pm. Nice views of the Albuquerque area. I haven't seen such a long switchbacks in my life. No wonder it is 14 miles RT. Got to the car at 3:00 pm. Just in time to go watch a movie (The Alps) in Albuquerque.
Endless summer hikes, backcountry trekking, climbing, etc... A favorite training run for me is the Pino trail which gains elevation very quickly once you get past the flats. Favorite routes: La Luz, Pino, Crest Trail, Ski Area.
Many, many times, including a few moonlight trips up La Luz. XC skied to top from 2300' down.
Was wonderful for the first half, then snow hit. 25 degrees, 55mph winds at the top but I still made it. Would like to do it again since I wasn't able to see a thing the second half of the hike.
Lots of fun. Did it with a good friend. We met at the top and she parked her car there. Then we drove to the bottom in my car and hiked to the top. When we got to the top we found out she left her keys at my car at the bottom. So we had to hike back down to the bottom. Next I want to go and do the knife edge of the Shield.