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Nice loop with few people. Most of the trail had light snow - be careful not to lose the Armijo trail through the flagged area. About 2.5 hours starting from the Sulphur Canyon lot.

Beautiful hike. We did it on yesterday and both the view and the hike was awesome! Very cold and windy though!

trail running
11 days ago

Saw the Friends of the Sandias Volunteer crew headed out for maintenance and improvements on Armijo. Sending a shout out to Thank You volunteers for your dedication and service. We appreciate you.

This is a reply to One-star Austin. The map is fine you clearly didn’t look that closely. The elevation change is clear as a bell on the map at 4179’. The 334’ you refer to is in reference to the amount of UPHILL over the course of the 8.3 miles complete hike. Maybe double check you aren’t jumping to conclusions before making yourself look silly?

Great weather and a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Should be rated moderate. As it seems to be the case with All Trails, mileage listed is shorter than actual. I recorded something closer to ~7.7 miles. I prefer to go counterclockwise on the loop.

Fantastic hike, lots of up and down both ways, shady forest almost whole way. Not many views until you reach the ridge, then they are great! Lots of forest, mushrooms, flowers and squirrels. Aspen's just barely starting to turn, a few yellow leaves. Well maintained and clearly marked trail with blue blazes the whole way.

Great trail. Not too many people. Came across two groups of two horses, several dogs and we saw a black bear!!! Not 100 ft from the trail. It ran fast an opposite way when it saw us first. Very exciting!!

trail running
2 months ago

Lots of wild flowers and deer out. Beautiful, well maintained trail.

I really enjoyed this little hike. I didn’t complete the whole thing because twice I got off the main trail because it was unclear where the real trail was. My phone was dying so I was trying to use the app as little as possible but if I had a fully charged phone, it would have been easy to navigate. A beautiful trail with lots of wild flowers. Maybe I didn’t go far enough but I don’t understand the hard rating for difficulty. It was rocky in places but down hill to start with. Some of the side trails coming off the road are actually better because you don’t have to contend with the rocks. The trees are much denser though. July/August there are almost always late afternoon thunder storms so you might want to take that into account when planning. I’ve been in lightning storms twice in the Sandias and they’re pretty scary. I love September/early October in the Sandias. The aspens are turning yellow, the weather is cool and you just might catch the ski lift open that goes to the top of the crest to look out over ABQ. Only $3 to ride.

From the 10k parking lot we went down in elevation, maybe along what the map titles capulin trail 234a. Looked to be some decent mountain bike jumps. Found patches of wild raspberries and currants, mullein, yarrow, plantain and alfalfa in right next to the parking.

Did this trail clockwise at midday, when it was 97-99 degrees and partly cloudy in abq. The weather up on the mountain was much nicer! It’s a truly lovely and varied loop that only lacks sweeping views (there are a couple of nice glimpses to the east). It feels very remote and there’s lots of shade (even at midday). I didn’t see much wildlife until near the end, on the approach back to the picnic areas, where there were lots of birds, including a BIG woodpecker, Orioles, and a bunch of Steller’s jays. More variety of foliage in this area, too.

There’s a Medallion Tree along the way, just a bit off the trail (and marked). You can find info online if you’re not aware.

The trail starts and ends on paved road. It doesn’t last long at the beginning, but feels like a long way at the end. You can get off the road if you look for trails that run alongside through the picnic areas, like Acequia Trail. If you can, plan a little extra time to wander around the stream area. I saw a huge array of insects on the arnica daisies, and there are interpretive plaques.

I liked the elevation gain over the first few miles — it felt like exercise but wasn’t brutal. Lots of climb a bit, then there’s a flat stretch, that gets steeper as it goes on. Going counter clockwise would, I think, be much more taxing, with one long, moderately steep climb.

The reviewer who says it goes by the road the whole time is mistaken. This trail is nowhere near a road, and is very quiet. There is one high point where you can hear I40, only briefly.

334 foot elevation gain doesn't make any sense? Please find the correct elevation change.

on Osha Loop Trail

5 months ago

Whole area closed due to high fire hazard.

Nothing spectacular but this novice hiker enjoyed it thoroughly.

Just a nice easy walk through the woods. There was nothing spectacular about this hike, but we enjoyed it. We went on a Saturday afternoon and only ran into two other people, so it's a great place to get some quiet.

Great hike ended up with 5 Miles by the time we were done. Start early got super hot. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms with picnic areas. Should have done the loop clockwise to get more vert. Overall really enjoyable.

beautiful hike this afternoon!

I enjoyed this hike today with friends. Perfect loop. Not to long or too short. Enjoyed watching the butterflies and looking at the different wildflowers.

this trail was fairly easy. the trail was along the road a majority of the time which took away from the view.

6 months ago

Very rocky.

hiking
7 months ago

I did a loop trail to South Peak going up the CCC Route and back on the South Crest Trail, which is about 11.5 miles. There’s now a small cairn marking the CCC Route off the South Crest Trail just past the sign for the Upper Faulty Trail, but it’s simpler to just take the Upper Faulty Trail and turn left at the big pile of rocks immediately in front of you.

See my recording for the trail to South Peak off of the South Crest Trail. It is marked by a sign. What is now marked by a small cairn is a great back way off this trail (also on the recording). You head across a field with the trail only sometimes visible and then into the forest (quite steep at first). The wind is blocked as you go through the aspens and past some nice rock formations to come out right at the top of South Peak! The return loop can be the usual trail to Embudito and then left to join the Crest Trail.

The CCC Route is 1.7 miles and gains 1720 ft in the process, from 7600 to 9320 ft elevation. There are only a few “steps” and no real switchbacks, so
mostly you are just hiking the grade, which never gets super-steep like Oso Ridge or Hawk Watch (two other great trails that can be made into loops and include South Peak). The CCC Route opens up to a rocky expanse in a few places and I turned on the recorder to find the trail.

Be sure to check out Travertine Falls and the rock cave off the South Crest Trail before the Faulty Trail turnoff on the way up (there’s a sign for both these trails). The trail to Travertine Falls rejoins the South Crest Trail and actually cuts a little off of it. It’s the loop on the recording.

hiking
7 months ago

I’m happy I did this trail but won’t be doing it again. It’s the least charming of the longer Sandia trails. The middle portion of the trail is poorly maintained, filled with overgrown scrub and dead trees blocking the trail and the creepy shack in the least hiked section of the trail was eerie. I wasn’t really paying attention to the topo map so each descent that was followed by another grueling climb became a little demoralizing after the third or forth time. The last few miles to the tram were a steady incline and the map in AllTrails was wrong at one point so I ended up doubling back to find the actual trail. (& This is totally my fault but I didn’t check to make sure the tram was running and when I got there it was closed for maintenance so I hiked another two miles in the dark (with headlamp thankfully) through pitch black snowy forest to the north crest and got a ride back down the mountain. All told it was closer to a 17 or 18 mile hike. The Forest Service map says the South Crest Trail is 15.97 miles but AllTrails says 13.9 - not sure which is correct but the AllTrails map errors on this trail make me thing the park services map is the more accurate. Happy to say I’ve now section hiked the full crest but will skip the south portion in the future.

Great trail loop. Snow is still melting so it was muddy Nd sometimes icy in early March. I was glad I had my spikes with me.

Nice trail even in late December. No snow unusual for this time of year. Some of the trails that were off shoots of the main trail were no longer open and there were some trails that were available that were not on this map at all. Got concerned they were not going to reconnect so had to bush whack back toward the main trail. Thank goodness for GPS.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Did this in deep snow with my brother - we only went about 2 miles in but it was gorgeous in the winter. Would definitely suggest some grippy shoes.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This trail is stunning if you only hike the west side of the Sandias. Shaded by tall pines and towering aspens which makes for a nice refreshing hike. This trail is a strenuous for new hikers since the elevation and the at times Steep trail can really take it out of you. Plenty of moss covered trees and logs and beautiful patches of wild flowers. This trail is a great change to the high desert trails of the Sandia foothills. It's a little bit of a drive but by far worth it.

Closed due to bear activity.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

very good view

Closed today due to bear activity.

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