Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet, (3255 m) Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Highpoint of Bernalillo County

A photo looking east at the Sandia Mountains after a snowstorm. This photo was taken probably at least 30 years ago since the city has greatly expanded on the vacant land in this photo. Just to the right of the road is the FAA facility in Albuquerque. There is a good paved road to the summit, but I recommend the La Luz Trail on the west side for a fine hike. There is a lot of information and reports on this peak at Sandia Crest.
My report on a hike of the La Luz Trail in April, 2012:

We hiked the La Luz Trail to the summit. At this time of year there was a fair amount of snow on the trail in the upper canyon along the talus slopes. There were good, deep footprints and the snow was not icy so the hiking was not difficult. We reached the top in four hours 5 minutes. The descent took three and a half hours. There is a snack bar, and gift shop at the top which is open all year. This is a really nice, scenic hike. The route is close to 16 miles RT with 3775 feet of gain. There is a $3.00 fee at the parking area or you can use a senior pass instead.

Map of trails at the summit area. PDF file.

This is reference mark #2 placed in 1945. The primary disk at the summit visitor area has been lost or destroyed. Datasheet: FO1008