This is an off-trail route and loop to Sandia Crest up the south ridge of Waterfall Canyon and down Juan Tabo Canyon and the Fletcher Trail. No dogs please. Hike is under 10 miles but the going is slow (expect an all-day affair) with about 4,000 feet of elevation gain. No dogs.
Challenges: bushwhacking (not too bad), scrambling (non-technical climbing without protection using hand and foot holds) with some exposure, and route-finding.
Dangers: falls, slips, rockfall, abrasions, and puncture wounds.
Hiking requirements: Confident and comfortable with heights and exposure, steep and loose terrain, and rock scrambling.
Gear: Poles, traction aides, gaiters, water proof shoes, and leather garden gloves are recommended.