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2016-09-02  
Ellis-Survey Loop, NM
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Ellis-Survey Loop, NM 
Ellis-Survey Loop, NM
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2016
rwstorm
Hiking5.76 Miles 985 AEG
Hiking5.76 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.37 mph
985 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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As part of a trip to Northern New Mexico I spent a couple days with friends in the Sandia Park area. Went out for a short hike Friday morning just below the Crest near the highway to the top. We made a loop out of it, starting on the more open Ellis Trail and returning on the Survey Trail, which stays in the deep woods. The Ellis Trail follows an old road cut dating back to the 1960's that was intended to be a highway connecting Placitas to Sandia Crest, but was abandoned. The resulting man made meadow makes for nice open sky hiking. We hiked up the 10-K Trail a very short distance to reach the Survey Trail for the return to the parking lot. There are a lot of trails up there just below the Crest, so you really need a map or trail guide to help out. Karen had been on this before, but it was new to me as I have done virtually no hiking in the range. The only thing we should have done different was to go a little further up the 10-K to an overlook, before backtracking for the finish on Survey.
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