Albuquerque Field Trip: Sandia Crest Spur Trail

The Albuquerque chapter is hosting a field trip on July 13 on the Sandia Crest Spur Trail, led by Doris Eng. Meet at 8 AM at Meeting Place A (SW corner of the Smith’s parking lot on Tramway and Central). We’ll return around 3 PM.

Starting at the Crest House parking lot, the moderately strenuous trail drops below the crest into a ponderosa-Douglas fir transition forest. Monument plants, paintbrushes, Townsand’s daisies, yellow sky pilot, red columbines, clematis, and the endemic Sandia coral bells line the trail as it winds below the rim to the Tram station. Returning through the spruce-fir forest we’ll look for Jacob’s ladder, towering fernleaf lousewort, and three species of penstemons. Four-mile round trip, rocky uneven trail with ups and downs, incredible views. Activity moderately strenuous: 4-mile round trip, uneven trail.

Bring lunch.