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Ascent of Sandia Mountain Wilderness High Point on 2013-06-07

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sandia Mountain Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10600 ft / 3230 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Crest, I wandered North by the radio tours via the signed trail. Eventually the trail reaches a sign indicating that you are now in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness again. My GPS at this point was 6,010 ft which is within the contour lines of the supposed Wilderness high point (which is directly west of the radio tours and appears to be off-limits).

Still not satisfied, I followed the imaginary boundary of the wilderness area West until I was back on the crest (slightly North of the last radio tower). My GPS here gave an elevation of 6,042 ft. I'm deciding to call this good enough for counting the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Highpoint as the wilderness boundary is unmarked and the point lies along this boundary (i.e. has 0 prominence). If anyone has better specifics of the actual location please send me a message.

From here, I went back to the Crest and took the Crest trail back to the tram to meet up with my wife. Took the tram down to the lower tram station and then took the Tramway trail to the intersection with the La Luz trail, before reaching my car. In the future, I would just park at the Tram station ($1 fee) and take the Tramway, La Luz and Crest Trail, instead of parking at Juan Tabo ($3 and 2.5 extra miles!)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 334 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4752 ft / 1448 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Loss on way in:178 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Wandering
    Start Trailhead:Sandia Crest  10678 ft / 3254 m
    Time:0 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4574 ft / 1394 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3574 ft / 1089 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Gain on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Crest Trail, Tramway Trail
    End Trailhead:La Luz Trail Head  7026 ft / 2141 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Sandia Crest

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Sandia Crest2013-06-073753 ft / 1144 m
2Sandia Mountain Wilderness High Point2013-06-071100 ft / 335 m
Total Trip Gain: 4853 ft / 1479 m    Total Trip Loss: 4852 ft / 1478 m



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