A loop day hike into the northern section of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. The 10-K Trail got its name because it roughly follows the 10,000-foot elevation contour along the east side of the Sandias. The huge cleared strip was the initial work of a large scenic highway that was planned to run along much of Sandia Crest.
Fortunately the plan was killed before it was completed, even though the builders had already cleared an ugly swath several miles long through the forest. The first part of the hike passes through dense forests of aspen, spruce, and Douglas-fir. Most of the return loop follows the crest, with spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
Albuquerque, NM - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.9