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South Ridge of Waterfall Canyon to Sandia Crest-Difficult

If you like physically demanding hikes, challenging terrain, and wilderness you'll love this adventure! The hike/scramble begins up the south ridge of Waterfall Canyon and except for the short walk on the road, the way up is entirely off-trail and sports some of the best scenery in the Sandias. The route is challenging, with a fair amount of scrambling (non-technical climbing), with some exposure (meaning there is nothing to stop you until you hit the ground if you were to fall), and unfriendly brush. The scrambling is not difficult, class 3 moves, and the exposure is not that bad. The bush whacking is short, but intense, especially if I don't choose the best route. If you join me, I highly suggest bringing/wearing long pants or convertibles, a long sleeve shirt, and garden gloves. After we make it to the top, we'll hike along the South Crest Trail to the Tram. If the weather holds and we make good time we could also head down Juan Tabo or Chimney Canyon if anyone desires. This is not a long hike (one way to the tram is about 7 miles), but it will take at least 5-6 hours, as the going is slow. This hike is NOT for you if you are uncomfortable with hiking off-trail and don't like exposed scrambling. A poor weather forecast with a good chance of thunderstorms will cancel this hike. Check the site on Friday night for updates. No pets please.

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  • ting

    Good to have you back, Doug.

    August 17, 2013

  • Doug F.

    Great hike, weather, and company! Thanks for joining me.

    August 17, 2013

  • Aaron G.

    Doing this hike with Doug was incredible. I'll give this hike 5 stars, without going on it. The terrain changes as you gain elevation. It is a natural wonderland. I have a hike scheduled or I would be there. The good news is Doug knows the way through the upper reaches. That is a big plus in the wildness, given the only other option is hiking back down. Victoria and I tried to find the route a few years ago, but fog came in when we were parallel to the the Prow. We had a good time anyway wandering around. The only thing we knew when we turned back was we were somewhere southeast of the Needle. Being in the fog is a good time. It didn't lift until we were almost down. We hiked around for about 5 or 6 hours.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Victoria

    Because Aaron is Awesome!!!!!
    Welcome back Doug. The photos of your vacation are truly amazing.
    Thanks for sharing the photos of the wonderful places you visit.

    August 15, 2013

    • Doug F.

      Thanks Victoria! I'm looking forward to the day you hike with me again.

      August 15, 2013

    • Xuyuan P.

      Couldn't agree more!!! Aaron is freaking awesome!

      August 16, 2013

  • Xuyuan P.

    why arron is in the pic while he is leading another meetup? Lol

    August 15, 2013

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