|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Most folks stick to the Sandia’s western slopes—closer to town—which means solitude is all yours on this 11.2-mile roundtrip to an 8,685-foot peak on the range’s east side. Traverse north through shady, conifer-covered canyons (home to great horned owls), then drop 550 feet in .7 mile to Cañon Madera. Meander through Lagunita Seca, a golden meadow (mile 5.1), before the .5-mile climb to Palomas Peak, ringed by limestone cliffs.
-Mapped by Bill Velasquez