GET Day 1

Sandia Tramway Trailhead to Powerline Trail – 27.24 mi

Eastern Terminus of the Grand Enchantment Trail

Eastern Terminus of the Grand Enchantment Trail.

Got on trail and started hiking on the Tramway Trail at 7:09 a.m. on a comfortably cool and mostly sunny morning. After 2.6 miles, I transitioned onto the La Luz Trail. The two trails gradually climbed 4200’ over nine miles through more forested terrain than I was expecting.

Rock tower on the climb to Sandia Peak

Rock tower on the climb to Sandia Peak.

There was a grill and gift shop once I got up to Sandia Peak, where I got a grilled cheese and Gatorade. They burnt it and were nice enough to offer to make another, but I ate it anyway. Note: The cafe only has water for purchase at this time, as the sink is out of order.

Looking south on Sandia Crest

Looking south on Sandia Crest.

Once on the crest, I followed the South Crest Trail towards the Tramway. The Tramway building was the first free water source I encountered, at mile 11. There are also toilets and a Mexican restaurant up there. The fall colors were on display on the long ridge walk. I mingled through crowds until I got about a mile south of the Tramway. I only encountered a couple of people until I was near Travertine Falls.

Taylor on the South Creat Trail

Taylor on the South Crest Trail.

I followed the South Crest Trail for about 14.5 miles until it descended to Travertine Falls and a really interesting cave feature. I saw a puddle near the trail but never found the falls. I took Arrowhead Trail (really a road) into Tijeras and the Subway in town. I was hoping to get Wi-Fi and an outlet. I got neither, but my sandwich was good and I had enough service to do the draft.

Cave near Travertine Falls

Cave near Travertine Falls.

It was after dark by the time I got finished with the draft and started south on NM 337. I got to a ranger station with a faucet outside, toilets, and outlets. My intention was to hang out here and use the outlets for a while, but my charging block appears to be broken. I filled my water bottles and continued south to the Powerline Trail, where I found a campsite in the national forest.

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