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Tram Canyon - Difficult

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.

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  • stephen

    An excellent adventure with Doug and Aaron. Have some assorted skin punctures from the few occasional thorny something or other. What still amazes me is that within 20 minutes from uptown I was already on the trail for an extended hike. Do your mountain trips now folks before the fire restrictions go into effect. The mountain is as dry as dry. That said the few Balsam trees and spruce gave off the sweetest scents. This trail was not for those of the high heeled walker society...It was difficult but if one puts one foot in front of the other and watch the slide scar walk and climb any of you with lower 5th class climbing skills could do it with a measure of confidence and safety.

    May 3, 2014

  • Aaron G.

    Like a perfect storm on the good side of things. Good hiking again with Doug and meeting Stephen, both excellent hiking companions.

    Doug's route differs from Victoria and I found only in how we pass through the first cliff ban. Doug lead us through a major weakness that didn't require scrambling. I was amazed. The other route requires either a aprox 100 foot scramble which can be cut short going up what I call Victoria's bypass. We also took an alternate route though the forest to a high point for lunch then hit what I call the Scar higher up avoiding significant scree. Overall ti was a most excellent adventure

    May 3, 2014

  • Doug F.

    Great hike, weather, and company!

    May 3, 2014

  • stephen

    Might just come along for the climb! Depends on going out tonight and coming back in reasonable.

    May 2, 2014

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