What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Dobish on April 03, 2010
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This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard. While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road, Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail).
After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods. Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail. Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.[more]
This is a relatively mellow peak on one side, but the other side is known for its rock climbing so that might give you an idea about what the terrain is like. The resort is not always open, so a lot of people from Albuquerque will go out during larger snow storms and ski in the sandias.
How to Get There
There is a tram from the east side of the city that will go up to the top of Sandia Peak. You can also go for about a 50 minute drive around the back side and drive most of the way to the top