Photo by Bert Verstraete, all rights reserved.

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.

Elevation (feet): 10,678
Elevation (meters): 3,255
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Southwest Basins and Ranges
State: New Mexico
Latitude: 35.235
Longitude: -106.456
Difficulty: Walk up
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
Convenient Center: Albuquerque

Trip Reports

There are 3 trip reports for Sandia.

  • Log #13240 - by Walter Kenna on Oct 05, 20033.00 stars
    Wife 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, 20023.00 stars
    Dont try it in winter from the north it is a pain but take snowshoes
  • Log #13242 - by Dave Diaz on July 18, 20013.00 stars
    Sandia's many rock walls offer a tremendous amount of high quality traditional climbing routes.