Sandia Crest Challenge

Sandia Park, New Mexico 87047

Sandia Crest Challenge

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."

More Sandia Crest Challenge Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Sandia Crest Road is a scenic and challenging ride on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. The ride takes bikers to the highest point of the Sandia Mountains, meaning there is a significant amount of elevation gain on the ride up followed by a fast and fun descent.

The Sandia Crest Road bike ride tops out at 10,640 feet. This challenging but scenic climb to the highest point of the Sandia Mountains. The starting point for this ride offers riders over 4,000 feet of elevation gain, so get ready to work
those thighs out. The descent is the highlight of the ride, and the scenery on the way down is not to be missed."

Sandia Crest Challenge Reviews

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Great, long climb. Nice views. Left the triangle at 6:45 am and only four cars passed me.

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Trail Information

Sandia Park
Nearby City
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
DeLorme New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Sandia Park and Sandia Crest
Local Maps