Hawk Watch Hike – 03/16/2014

Posted in March 2019.  One of our early hikes, checking out trails in Tijeras Canyon on the south end of the Sandia Mountains. Haven’t hiked this trail since 2014 – it’s time to do it again.

The Hike

Hawk Watch.Jay.2014-03-16

Hawk Watch Trail makes for a good hike, close to Albuquerque and easy to get to the trailhead.  It is great in the winter – it is in full sun so snow melts quickly and it will be warm on chilly days; then again, not so good in the summer because it will be hot.  The trail is well used, so the surface is good – a bit rocky in some places – and as you can see from the statistics it give one a good elevation gain at a fairly steep slope.  But the views are great as one gets up high. 


Total Distance:  4.38 miles
Elevation: start  6,322 ft, maximum  8,037 ft,  minimum  6,320 ft
Gross gain:  1,717 ft.  Aggregate ascending  2,095 ft, descending  2,096 ft
Maximum slope: 51% ascending, 45% descending, 16.3% average
Duration: 3:48

GPS Track Files for Download
I urge you to explore our hiking tracks with Google Earth. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the 2-dimensional screenshot above. For assistance: Using Google Earth Track Files.


USDA Forest Service: Hawk Watch Trail 215
Hawk Watch International: Sandia Mountains, NM HawkWatch
ASCHG: Hawk Watch Hike
New Mexico Meanders: 2017-02-25 South Sandia Peak Loop Hike
AllTrails: Hawkwatch Trail SummitPost: Hawk Watch Trail

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