I'm not sure yet what I'll do for the 20-mile hike, but I have a few 10-mile hike options picked out for when the snow along South Sandia Crest has had a chance to thaw. Here they are:
- Three Gun Spring Trail north from the trail head in Carnuel, to Embudito Trail heading east to Sandia Crest Trail Junction, then back, 11 miles.
- Trail 135 (from the trail head near Tijeras) and the CCC Trail to the summit, then back to the trail head along the South Crest Trail, 10 miles.
- Pino Trail east to the summit, then South Crest Trail to the upper tram terminal, taking the tram to the lower terminal and continue the hike via Foothills Trails back to the Elena Gallegos parking area, 10 miles.
For the 20 mile hike I'm thinking I may do the entire Crest Trail, from Placitas to Tijeras, which would actually be more like 26 miles. I think this would be an amazing capstone to this project. What do you think?