Today's hike is up a canyon that feeds into Domingo Baca Canyon just below the TWA plane crash site and goes almost directly underneath the tram. The route is steep and challenging with some minor bushwhacking, a short but very steep ascent up a scree filled gully that is commonly known as the Sandia Scar, and class 3 scrambling through the limestone cliffs just underneath the tram at the top. This hike is best suited for fit hikers who are comfortable and confident with off-trail routes, challenging terrain, and rock scrambling with exposure. I plan to take the tram down but may alter my plan and hike down if the weather is nice, we make good time up, and am feeling good.
Required Gear: Helmet (bicycle or rock to keep your noggin safe from falling rocks). I also suggest that you don't wear anything that rips or tears easily. Leather garden gloves are recommended.
Stats and challenges: 7 miles with over 4,000 feet of gain. Expect prickly unfriendly plants along the way, hiking up loose scree, and scrambling on exposed rock.
Disclaimer: Hike leader is just a normal Joe looking for company, and am not a professional guide or leader. Hiking and scrambling has inherent dangers that could result in serious injuries or death. Leader is not responsible for any accidents that may occur. Make sure you read the hike description and understand that if you join me, you are doing so at your own risk.
Updates: Strong winds or wet weather in the forecast will cancel this hike. However, there may be an alternative hike offered. Check website Friday night for updates or cancellations.