South Crest Trail #130
ElevationAscent: 4,998' 1,523 m
Descent: -935' -285 m
High: 10,625' 3,238 m
Low: 6,552' 1,997 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A long slow climb following the Sandia Mountains ridge line.”— Jason Fincher
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This is a strenuous climb from the start and should not be tackled without some preparation and the proper equipment. The peak is much cooler than the trailhead, especially in the spring and fall. Warm layers should be carried. There are no points on this trail to collect water and during the summer it can be very hot. Runners should carry at least two quarts of water per person and plan for lunch or snacks along the way.
This can be done as a one-way or an out-and-back. Mileage shown is for a one-way trip. One-way runners can enjoy a tram ride down from the peak for $12. Out-and-back runners should plan for an overnight as this would be a challenge to complete in a single day.
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Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office