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Ascent of North Sandia Peak on 1994-10-28

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, October 28, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Sandia Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:3184 m / 10447 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The name North Sandia Peak was formally approved by the Board on Geographic Names in 1996 to distinguish it from popular Sandia Peak to the south.

The peak lies in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness which is administered by the Cibola National Forest. A permit is not required for day use. The nearest Ranger Station is on route 337, 1/2 mile south of I-40. The address is: Sandia Ranger District, Box 11776, Hwy. 337, Tijeras, NM 87059 Phone: (505) 281-3304

The shortest hike to North Sandia Peak is from the Sandia Crest parking lot which can be reached on a paved road by most any vehicle. At the north end of the parking lot, just east of the locked gate to the communications buildings, there is a sign indicating the continuation of Sandia Crest trail #130. Follow this excellent trail north, which is level at first and then gradually descends as it stays close to the rim. After about 1.4 miles leave the trail where it makes a turn to the NNE and begins a steeper descent away from the rim. There is a use trail here which will stay a few feet back from the cliff's edge and then proceed NW along the rim to the summit. The trail may be difficult to follow over some of the slabs. The summit has some old concrete footings. The best view is down on a ledge about 60 ft. to the west of the high point. The route has an elevation loss of 400 ft. to the low point and a gain of 200 ft. to the summit. The distance is 1.8 miles and takes about 1 1/4 hours each way. The peak can also be reached from the north in a much longer hike starting at the Tunnel Springs trailhead SW of Placitas. A good description of this route is provided in "Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias" by Mike Hill. See pages 42 to 44. 10/94 RLC
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