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Ascent of Sandia Crest on 2020-04-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sandia Crest
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10678 ft / 3254 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at a hairpin curve parking area over 2 miles from the summit and hiked down to start lower and made it over a 6 mile hike on a paved road and nearly 1000 foot gain to "earn it" but we did not feel like using the trails and post-holing in the snow. A nice hike for a road hike and we had not a single car pass us going up despite the rangers saying in advance it was so popular they might close it for social distancing. We did not see a person till the summit and they were 100 feet a way from us! We hiked back down and picked up 2 bags of trash (beer bottles, whisky bottles and other crap) as our act of service to the state of NM. We may have had 3 cars pass us coming down including a sheriff you waved to us for picking up trash along the road. GREAT views from the top but everything closed due to the virus. Went back to camping and never got within 100 feet of a person.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:996 ft / 303 m
    Total Elevation Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:996 ft / 303 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 746 ft / 227 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Start Trailhead:read TR  9932 ft / 3027 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Albuquerque-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tetilla Peak2020-04-02658 ft / 201 m
2Cedro Peak2020-04-03 00361 ft / 110 m
3Sandia Crest2020-04-03 a996 ft / 304 m
4Capulin Peak2020-04-03 b279 ft / 85 m
6Cedro Peak2020-04-04 a392 ft / 119 m
7Black Volcano2020-04-04 b334 ft / 102 m
8Palomas Peak2020-04-04 c1243 ft / 379 m
10Tecolote Peak2020-04-04 d508 ft / 155 m
11Cedro Peak2020-04-05 a302 ft / 92 m
12Peak 68402020-04-05 b919 ft / 280 m
13Cibola NF Peak 67202020-04-05 c595 ft / 181 m
15Manzano Open Space Pinnacle 2020-04-05 d315 ft / 96 m
Total Trip Gain: 6902 ft / 2104 m    Total Trip Loss: 2095 ft / 638 m



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