|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2013
From a panoramic hike above Sin City and Lake Mead to a slot canyon adventure in Utah, our scouts provide trail beta.
"Go in May or June before the monsoon season.”
Embudo-Whitewash Loop, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, NM
Bill Velasquez, Albuquerque, NM
Traverse the rocky ridges and seasonal streams of this 9.5-mile loop in May, after the snow has melted but before summer temps skyrocket. Ascend along an arroyo to 180-degree mountain and canyon views near mile 4. Continue to Oso Pass at mile 6. (Option: A 3-mile out-and-back spur climbs 1,200 feet to 9,782-foot South Sandia Peak.) Return to the trailhead on the ridgeline Whitewash Trail, with alternating views of 10,447-foot North Sandia Peak and panoramic city vistas to the south. Trip ID 16919
“At mile 4.4, look east into the canyon to spot resident raptors, like red-tailed and sharp-shinned hawks.”