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.
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.
Great trail! No significant snow left, aspens were greening up, lots of flowers.
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!
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!
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.
Nice morning hike to the top (Sandia Crest house). Cool but calm & sunny. Just under 4 hrs car-to-car.
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.
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.
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.
The La Luz trail used to be in my back yard... wish it still was.
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.
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.
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
What a gorgeous day it was.
The hike was longer than I expected but we still made it within four hours with a dozen short breaks.