Tecolote Peak (elevation 8835 feet) - San Antonito, New Mexico

An Easy Hiking Option In The Sandia Mountains
Tecolote Peak is a broad, flat-topped mountain east of Sandia Crest that tops out at 8,835 feet. It is a modest 0.9 miles to the summit, and, with a loop that goes along the south side of the mountain, it totals 2.4 miles from start to finish. While the proud Coloradan in me is learning to keep my expectations low, Tecolote Peak does have advantages. 1) The parking lot doesn't require a parking fee by the forest service, 2) The trail is well-marked, 3) It's a reasonable option for the casual hike, as it provides nice views and a modest ascent.

Directions: From Tijeras (exit 175 on Interstate 40), travel north on Highway 14. In San Antonito, turn left (west) onto the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway and head up the mountain. About 0.5 miles past the Tree Spring Trailhead, there is a dirt lot on the right -- turn there and park where there's a clearly marked trailhead.

Tecolote Peak, New Mexico
Tecolote Peak from the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway.

Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Tecolote Trail

Photos

May 31, 2015 - The trailhead for Tecolote Peak.
Tecolote Peak, NM The trail ascends. A short distance up, I had a pretty view of the "back side" of Sandia Crest.
Tecolote Peak, New Mexico On the summit of Tecolote Peak (elevation 8835 feet). Facing Sandia Crest, one can see the ski runs on the left, and the antennae at the crest on the right.
Indian Paintbrush Flowers Indian paintbrush flowers.
A small lizard. Such a cute guy. :)

Tecolote Peak, New Mexico The best view was toward the north/northeast. Way out is the Sangre De Cristo Range and Santa Fe. Pretty.

Video

A short video. And not a shabby one!

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