Ascent of Sandia Crest on 2006-07-23
|Date:||Sunday, July 23, 2006|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||10678 ft / 3254 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI'd been in this area around 1991 and my parents and I took the tramway, but did not actually summit on that occasion. This time I was determined to change that, and this party of three (myself, my now ex-wife, and a mutual friend) made it here just fine.
Even in mid-summer the air here in nice and brisk, and given that we were visiting here from Phoenix, this was a welcome respite from the desert heat. Birds seen included lifer Williamson's Sapsucker in the nearby conifers -- wrong time of year for rosy-finches of course so I'll clearly have to make a return trip in the future.
In summer, this is about as easy as highpointing gets -- just have a decent passenger car, take the quick stroll out to the physical summit, and you're good as gold.
It almost feels like cheating.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||58 ft / 17 m|
| Trailhead:||10620 ft / 3236 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
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