While on my trip to Albuquerque, hiking is something which was given top priority in my list. In my opinion, my trip would not have been complete if I did not go hiking on the Sandia mountain. Considered to be one of the best places where I could go hiking with my friends, chances were quite low that I would miss it out for the world.
So, if you are also thinking about the best place for hiking, there would be no better option than Sandia mountain. However, since you have never been to this place before, you would like to know about what to expect since you would be able to prepare yourself in that way. It would be for this reason that I would like to share my complete hiking experience, hoping that it would be informational and helpful for all the future hikers out there.
Sandia Mountain in Albuquerque, NM
So, on the morning of the hike to Albuquerque Sandia mountain, we woke up to a very cool morning. Even though things looked a bit unsettling on the top of the mountain, that did not dampen our mood or enthusiasm in any way so off we went.
On the first leg of the trip, we drove up to the Sandia Crest parking lot where the wind was blowing. While we definitely did not expect the winds to be flowing so ferociously, we definitely came prepared. All we had to do was take out the warmer clothes from our backpacks and bundles ourselves with it. After that, we were good to go.
The Knife Edge has been known to be a popular technical climb. This is because rock climbers from all over the globe would come for this climbing experience. So typically, you would have to hike north up the South Piedra Lisa Trail to Rincon Ridge. After that, you would have to take the Rincon Spur Trail over to the lower part of the Knife Edge. Then, you would have to risk life by limb climbing up the very narrow edge to the top while trying your level best to ignore the near 1,000-foot vertical drop looming right below you.
Once we managed to get in to the woods and out of the wind, we decided to take the Sandia peak tram. This allowed us to hike the North Crest Trail up to the cutoff to the Knife Edge of the Shield. As for the hike, we found it to be pretty much downhill for most of the way. As for the trail head, it was very close to 10,700 feet in elevation which is quite a bit when you come to think about it. While keeping the distance and elevation drop in mind, it was possible to cover the entire hike within a reasonable amount of time.
All in all, this was one of the most exciting hikes that I have had in a long time. In addition to being able to experience the peak of Sandia mountain, it bestowed me with the opportunity to take some amazing pictures of the surrounding areas and beautiful landscape. However, I would not recommend this hike for people who would get tired easily since you would have to do a lot of walking.