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Hiking on Sandia Peak with 4 grandkids

Saturday, August 10, 2013

As I promised, I'm going to share pictures from our hiking around up on the tops of Sandia Peak, just outside Albuquerque in the Sandia Mountains. It's so beautiful up there, and the elevation at the crest, where we parked (huge parking area. $3 to park and well worth it. It's located in the Cibola National Forest.

Here is the parking area. There are a lot of towers up there for signals for various things. The sign by where you pay says the electronic locks for cars may not work up there because of the towers. Mine didn't. Had to unlock the car and the trunk with the key instead of the device.

A little up above is a great viewing area for looking down on Albuquerque. Many people come up here at night to watch the sunset and the lights come on in Albuquerque. I've done it before a number of years ago when I was there by myself once, and once with a coworker when we were in Albuquerque for meetings.

Looking back the other way opposite the view of Albuquerque

The grandkids from left to right. Elijah who is 13, his sister Keyana who is 10, the their cousins Bethany, age 8 and Diego age 10.

We started walking toward the trail that follows the rim for little bit. Kids kept scaring me to death by getting too close the edge for my comfort. I kept telling them horror stories of what could happen if they fell and how many people say it won't happen to them. I wanted to put a leash of rope on them! The other person in the second picture climbing on the rocks was not part of our group.

More of those scary pics a little later. For a while we followed a forest trail that led a little away from the rim and through beautiful dense forest.

Back up to the rim. There was a stone staircase leading down a litte way carved into these rocks but so they would fall to it but still about a 10 foot drop. Why do kids often have no fear? Bethany was the only one not trying to tempt fate.

Then the trail led back down into the forest again

After about 1/2 mile we reach a place where you can look at a beautiful high meadow but couldn't go in the area.

Some pretty flowers

The kids took turns with my camera taking pics of us. Elijah was camera shy though LOL.

I have to end this blog here because I have to leave to go have breakfast with a friend. I'll post another blog later with some more pictures of our hike and maybe a few other things we did later. Hope you enjoy this.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ASPENHUGGER 8/11/2013 1:37PM

    Beautiful place to be hiking in! And having your grandkids with you was the icing on the cake! Looks & sounds like a perfect day to me!

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UNICORN212 8/11/2013 12:20PM

    I love your nature/hiking/travel blogs! I agree - kids seem to have no fear - until it happens to them or someone they know, and then they blow it all out of proportion and you end up with me, who is scared to death 4 feet off the ground. I probably could not have even driven the car up there - the fear would have paralyzed me. So thank you for sharing your pics with those of us who are not able to go up in the high places! LOL

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ARTJAC 8/11/2013 2:58AM

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AMBER281 8/11/2013 1:46AM

    Looks like you had a great time!
Thanks for sharing all the pics they are amazing.

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JUNEAU2010 8/10/2013 9:59PM

    I am so homesick! I miss "my mountains"! I grew up in the shadow of the Sandias and have hiked them several times.

Thank you for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2013 8:20PM

    Pretty pics of the scenery and you and the kids look AWESOME!

I don't do well with height either!

HUGS and thanks for sharing.

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RORYLYONS 8/10/2013 8:05PM

    Love the photos and of course the kids are gorgeous. Your brave going through the steep areas I imagine you were nervous but what fun to spend quality time out walking in nature. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SONDRAJ20 8/10/2013 3:47PM

    Love the pictures!! The mountains are really beautiful and SO different from where I live. However, I can't imagine taking kids on a hike like that. I'd be a nervous wreck. And isn't it funny how they always know exactly what to do to push our buttons!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/10/2013 2:53PM


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STRINGI719 8/10/2013 12:25PM

    So beautiful up there ---- definitely on my "To Do" list now!!!

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35ANGELS 8/10/2013 10:57AM

    emoticon pics!

You are right, some people do fall to their deaths.....this happened this week at a mountain not too far from here. The woman fell 700 feet and died.

Be very careful, but still have fun.

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REGILIEH 8/10/2013 9:40AM

    LOVED it!!!!! The kids are darling and you were very brave to take them on that hike!

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Looking forward to the next blog!



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