Physical Rating: Strenuous
Technical Rating: Advanced
Distance: 28.5 miles
Elevation Gain: ~5700 feet
Approximate Duration: 13 hours
Starting time: 6am sharp
Prerequisites: Must have hiked up either the south crest trail to the tram (approximately 15 miles) or the north crest trail to the gift shop (approximately 10 miles) previously. You will need to bring at least 64 oz (e.g., 2 liters, a half gallon) of water, a snack and emergency money (in case you need to take the tram down).
How to find us: Meet at the Canyon Estates trailhead a little before 6am.
Hikers will start at Canyon Estates (Tijeras) at 6:00am, take one late morning snack at the bear shelter, get to the tram around 1pm, and finish at Tunnel Springs at about 7pm. If enough runners express interest, I may set up a second group for runners.
I'll arrange a car to pick up six or so people and take them back to their cars at Canyon Estates. If more than six join us, we'll have to figure out how to get another person to pick up the others.
We will be stopping for a half hour to forty five minutes at High Finance, so you'll also either need to bring food to eat while we stop or some money to buy food (and perhaps drink).
We do not take CCC or Ojo del Orno; we follow the Crest Trail 100%.
This is--for most people--an exceedingly difficult hike. It about 28 miles long, with about 5,700 feet of elevation gain and 5,800 feet of elevation loss. It's possible to bail when you get to the top of the tram, but even that takes about seven hours of uphill hiking to get to.
If you are unsure of your ability to complete this hike, please email me so that we can discuss your previous hiking history and figure out whether you'd enjoy yourself on this hike.
Dogs are not allowed.