Sandia Peak Climber's Log

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Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Nov 18, 2008 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2008

Route Climbed: La Luz Trail  Sucess!

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.

scooter12ga

scooter12ga - Jun 2, 2008 1:04 pm Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2008

All year long!  Sucess!

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.

MoapaPk

MoapaPk - Jun 1, 2008 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 1982

Many times  Sucess!

Many, many times, including a few moonlight trips up La Luz. XC skied to top from 2300' down.

davebobk47

davebobk47 - May 23, 2008 3:47 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2008

vis La Luz  Sucess!

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.

asaking11

asaking11 - May 22, 2008 5:55 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2006

La Luz Trail  Sucess!

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.

hans.schenk

hans.schenk - May 18, 2008 9:00 am Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

Spectacular La Luz  Sucess!

I hadn't hiked this yet because it is so popular...but now I can see why it is so popular! It is a great trail with a good grade and spectacular views. It has a bit of an alpine feel to it! I would recommend this trail to anyone who comes to Albuquerque.

jfrishmanIII

jfrishmanIII - May 14, 2008 12:53 pm Date Climbed: May 13, 2008

La Luz  Sucess!

Great trail! No significant snow left, aspens were greening up, lots of flowers.

Baarb

Baarb - Mar 29, 2008 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008

Sweet!  Sucess!

Wow, awesome route, long and arduous and treacherous even in the snow but so worth it! And plenty of geocaches too! ^_^ Take a lot of supplies if you're doing it in the winter / early spring in case you feel like you want to back track!

Deb

Deb - Dec 18, 2007 7:38 pm

Via Rambler station wagon  Sucess!

Yeah, OK so I was 4 y/o....I see other SPer's get credit for riding on their Dad's backs. :/
I remember vividly looking down into town from the top and seeing so many different colored rooftops. My Dad crashed sledding on a metal disk, then my tongue stuck to a popsicle. What a fantastic day!

CheesySciFi

CheesySciFi - Nov 17, 2007 10:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2002

My first summit!  Sucess!

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.

forjan

forjan - Nov 4, 2007 11:33 am Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007

La Luz Trail  Sucess!

Nice morning hike to the top (Sandia Crest house). Cool but calm & sunny. Just under 4 hrs car-to-car.

forjan

forjan - Oct 15, 2007 12:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2007

Knife Edge of the Shield  Sucess!

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.

Art Vandalay

Art Vandalay - Jul 5, 2007 6:48 pm

Been there a bunch of times  Sucess!

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.

weeds19

weeds19 - Mar 21, 2007 1:04 am Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2001

Many a time  Sucess!

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.

lizrdboy

lizrdboy - Feb 25, 2007 10:52 pm

Many ups and downs  Sucess!

The La Luz trail used to be in my back yard... wish it still was.

e-doc

e-doc - Dec 31, 2006 4:19 am

trip

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.

surgent

surgent - Oct 11, 2006 3:19 pm

Hike through snow mush  Sucess!

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.

Dan the Jones

Dan the Jones - Apr 12, 2006 7:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2005

First Sandia Hike  Sucess!

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

andrea walker - Jul 26, 2005 12:52 am

Route Climbed: La Luz Date Climbed: July 12, 2005  Sucess!

What a gorgeous day it was.

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Jul 12, 2005 10:53 pm

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

The hike was longer than I expected but we still made it within four hours with a dozen short breaks.

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