This is a great climb for a first time mountain climbing experience. It offers great views and a decent climb. You can start climbing at around 6,000 feet if you want. The trip up and down can be done in a day but in order to do so you should be in pretty good shape. Their are two different routes towards the end. One will take you to a restaurant which a tram leads to and the other to the Sandia Peak. Again, not technical at all but certainly a great mountain experience and a good work out. Great view of New Mexico from top, on a clear day you can see 200+ miles 360 degrees.
|Range/Region:||Southwest Basins and Ranges|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1800's ?|
|First successful climber(s):||Not Sure|
|Nearest major airport:||Albuquerque, International|
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There are 3 trip reports for Sandia.
- Log #13240 - by
Walter Kenna on Oct 05, 2003Wife and I didn't climb the whole Sandia Crest, we took the TRAM up to the top at 10,300 feet, and hiked another 300 feet or so, so at one point, we were up some 10,600. We made it up to the store...
- Log #13241 - by Jesse Pisel on Apr 28, 2002Dont try it in winter from the north it is a pain but take snowshoes
- Log #13242 - by
Dave Diaz on July 18, 2001Sandia's many rock walls offer a tremendous amount of high quality traditional climbing routes.