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La Luz To The Top --- Ride the Tram Down

This will not be a race to the top!  It will be a slow and easy trip with many rest stops. Meet in the parking lot at the base of the Sandia Tram at 7:15 AM.  Please be on time as we will leave promptly at 7:30! 

We will divide the group into two - Tom will lead those that want to start out at the Tram for the longer hike (9 1/2 miles) and those that want to hike the shorter version will carpool to the LaLuz Trailhead with Melissa (8 miles.)  Please indicate your preference when you sign up.  Someone will bring us back to our cars when the day is done.

Longer Version:  We’ll take the Tramway Trail north (steady 2.6 miles climb) until it joins the La Luz Trail. From there we will take the remaining 6.5 miles (moderate - difficult) to the Sandia Tram terminal and restaurant.

Both groups will meetup at the 3 mile medallion tree resting spot.

Frequent stops for energy boost, sight seeing, and picture taking will be encouraged. With the changing colors of the trees, the beauty of the canyon should prove to be spectacular.

Reward:  As a reward for making it to the top, we will spend an hour or so having lunch (greenchile cheeseburger and a drink - Tom's favorite) at the restaurant and enjoy the view before returning on the Tram. 

Time: Plan on taking 5 – 5 1/2 hours to get to the top. We should return to the cars by 2:30 – 3 PM. 

Leaders: Tom Mizner (cell #[masked])  Melissa [masked])

What to Bring:  $12.00 for your tram ticket, plenty of water, (at least 2 liters) high-energy type snack foods, sunscreen, layers of clothing, camera, and money for lunch.  Hiking Poles are Strongly Encouraged.

Fitness Level:  Moderate + - Even though this will not be a race to the top, please know that it will be a strenuous day - we have 20 switchbacks full of rocks to cross (yes, I count them every time I do this hike) and an elevation gain of 3,775 and a grade of 12% (Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Luz_Trail

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  • Bert

    walter white was on our hike.

    October 19, 2013

  • Geri

    Gorgeous day! Had a great time too, Ray and I enjoyed your company, lots of fun! Until next time...

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Bert

    a great day.,,.good group. Geri & Ray....you are fun hikers!

    October 19, 2013

  • Ian P.

    Hi Melissa, I am sorry but I have to withdraw. My knee has been a bit dicey this week, and I don't want to take a risk of hurting it.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a commitment at 1:00, cutting it too close. Have fun :)

    October 15, 2013

  • Bert

    im doing the shorter version
    see you sat

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Decided to go on the Santa Fe Photo Hike instead. Guess I really didn't feel that energetic for La Luz this time.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be going on the longer hike.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just sent an email and am following up with a comment to make sure everyone gets this. I have changed the start time to 7:30 a.m. and am asking those of you who choose to go on the longer version of the hike to please let me know. So far the only people who have responded are going on the 8 mile version with me. Thank you.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll do the shorter version with Melissa.

    October 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for responding

      October 10, 2013

  • Annalee G.

    my son us air force and is home from Japan and his service in Oman ....he will be here thru October 23...he is my guest to this hike.....yay, I'm so excited...

    October 2, 2013

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