Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sandia Peak Drive and Hike

What a beautiful day it was for a drive and hike in the Sandia Mountains.

In the summer the Sandia's are perfect for hiking, climbing, biking, or just going on a picnic. Hang gliding and paragliding are also popular. At the end of this blog I've added a Youtube video of a dad and his 4 year old daughter hang gliding off the Sandia Crest. It is a beautiful video that I think you will enjoy.


The top at Sandia Crest
You can see both sides of the mountain from the top. From here you can see Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
In the picture below is the east side of the mountain, the side of the mountain that we live on.

The radio towers are on the right here. I don't know why I didn't get a picture of them. In the video below you can see the towers in the background.
The Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant is here also. The gift shop and restaurant are worth the drive up.

The Elevation is 10678 feet

Hiking the Crest


Views of the west side, the Albuquerque side



It was a wonderful day and I can't wait until the weather is nice enough to go again.

Here is the video I told you about. Check out the background when you are watching it. The towers you see in the picture are at the crest of the mountain where the parking lot and gift shop is.

A very cool video!

It's better if you click the watch on YouTube  button in the right hand corner of the video screen below.

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