Albuquerque: 10K Loop

Thanks to an abandoned highway plan, this close-to-town 6.3-mile loop remains rugged and wild--a perfect quick escape for summer evenings and Saturday mornings.
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Thanks to an abandoned highway plan, this close-to-town 6.3-mile loop remains rugged and wild--a perfect quick escape for summer evenings and Saturday mornings.

Mapped by Bill Velasquez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.8

Waypoints

TKT006

Location: 35.2348327636719, -106.455833435059

North Sandia Peak (10,447 ft.); return to North Crest

TKT001

Location: 35.2095413208008, -106.435562133789

Trailhead. Trail leads N deep into mixed conifer forest

TKT004

Location: 35.2373046875, -106.448402404785

Catch views of Sandia Mountains on the Cañon del Agua overlook; swing S onto North Crest Trail

TKT003

Location: 35.2344703674316, -106.447082519531

Ruts of an abandoned highway project, now called Cross Ellis Trail; continue straight

TKT002

Location: 35.2322731018066, -106.443656921387

Media Spring

TKT005

Location: 35.2327270507812, -106.451179504395

Turn R onto unmarked spur trail

TKT008

Location: 35.2169456481934, -106.449714660645

Turn L onto NM 536

TKT009

Location: 35.2112274169922, -106.445434570312

Radio towers line Sandia Crest; return 1.2 miles back to parking lot

TKT007

Location: 35.2235870361328, -106.450950622559

Continue on rim; nice views to W; look for raptors surfing thermals