Ascent of Sandia Crest on 2006-07-23

Climber: Carlos Ross

Date:Sunday, July 23, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sandia Crest
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10678 ft / 3254 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'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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