Albuquerque: North Crest-Survey Trail Loop

Ride the Sandia Crest on this 5.8-mile loop that connects a scenic ridgetop, fragrant evergreens, and postcard views above Albuquerque.
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Ride the Sandia Crest on this 5.8-mile loop that connects a scenic ridgetop, fragrant evergreens, and postcard views above Albuquerque.

Mapped by Bill Velasquez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.4

Waypoints

NCS001

Location: 35.211368560791, -106.44930267334

Pick up North Crest Trail (#130) @ N end of lot, then descend beneath a canopy of fir and pine

NCS002

Location: 35.2166709899902, -106.450698852539

Trail enters Sandia Mountain Wilderness, then traces fence line past a cluster of radio towers

NCS003

Location: 35.2183494567871, -106.451499938965

Cross meadow, passing strenuous Chimney Canyon Trail. Steady descent ahead on worn trail cut through grassy banks; steep drop-offs on L and gentle slopes on R

NCS004

Location: 35.2259712219238, -106.452087402344

Pass unnamed 10,458-ft. summit on L, then continue N along crest

NCS005

Location: 35.2331657409668, -106.451736450195

Traverse E slopes of N. Sandia Pk.

NCS006

Location: 35.2376403808594, -106.449699401855

Keep straight @ 3-way with 10K Trail. In 150 ft., overlook reveals the rugged face of N. Sandia Pk. rising behind forested slopes

NCS007

Location: 35.2401390075684, -106.450698852539

Rest legs and soak up views of expansive Albuquerque valley on rock bench. In 400 ft., descend lush slopes on Osha Trail

NCS008

Location: 35.2422904968262, -106.450302124023

Turn R (SE) @ 3-way onto Survey Trail; blue diamond x-country ski markers mark the route uphill

NCS009

Location: 35.2360191345215, -106.449096679688

Stay straight on Survey Trail @ 4-way with 10K Trail

NCS010

Location: 35.217700958252, -106.447898864746

Continue S traverse on flat, shaded trail

NCS011

Location: 35.2120094299316, -106.446098327637

Emerge from thick forest onto NM 536. Turn R (NW) and follow road .9 mi. back to lower lot