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Alioth 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Block Ridge 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Trundle Wall 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2

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Just north of the Tram.

Getting There

From the south end of the Sandia Crest parking lot, hike down the Crest Spur Trail for 0.5 mile to its junction with the La Luz Trail. Go left (south) toward the tram, hiking above Echo Canyon. After 10 minutes on the La Luz, the trail veers northeast at an overlook (Domingo Baca). Continue for another 10 minutes to the next canyon (TWA) and descend a steep trail. The trail tunnels through thick brush and trees past Trundle Wall; Alioth is the next large wall. Approach time is approximately one hour.

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Chris Wenker
Santa Fe
Chris Wenker   Santa Fe
With the help of a knowledgeable hiker, we found the trail intersection of the La Luz with the top of the path down in to TWA Canyon. From the apparent head of TWA Canyon, keep hiking south on the La Luz toward the tram, for 150-200 yards (?? – that’s a guess; anyway, it feels like you’re going too far). There is a blazed tree adjacent to the right side of the trail, and at this point an informal foot path cuts back hard to the right. Follow this through some switchbacks down the left side of the canyon, where the very steep main path in the canyon bottom then becomes obvious. This descent does a great job of avoiding any cross-country bushwackery. Jun 11, 2013

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