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."

Sandia Crest Challenge Reviews

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6/16/2007
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
26.8
Distance
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
6,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
DeLorme New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Sandia Park and Sandia Crest
Local Maps

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Sep 2018