Sandia Crest Challenge Professional Review and Guide
"Sandia Crest Scenic Byway ascends to the very crest of the Sandia Mountains (elevation 10,678 feet). From the junction with the Turquoise Trail, this paved road gains about 4,000 feet in 13.5 miles as it snakes its way up the east slopes of the Sandias, the most visited mountains in the state.
Completing this challenging hill climb gives riders a huge sense of accomplishment, and the descent is not to be missed. The Sandia Crest, with its 360-degree views, may be the highlight for most cyclists because it’s “the top,” but a chairlift ride will take you to another spot along the ridge that is equally amazing. This bike ride is a favorite with locals, who usually start in Tijeras or even ride from Albuquerque. Terrain: 4,000 feet of steady climbing and a fast descent with long switchbacks."