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Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias (Coyote Books) Paperback – August, 1993

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"There is much to commend in this daypack-size guide to the Sandias. . . . This book provides a valuable compendium of both the common and out-of-the-way trails . . . a pleasing refresher for many experiences in the Sandias . . ."
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Product Details

  • Series: Coyote Books
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 3 Revised edition (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826313418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826313416
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hikers interested in the Sandia Mountains will be disappointed in this book, as it contains only the most rudimentary of trail descriptions. Most of the book is devoted to climbing routes, and the route descriptions are generally helpful, if not particularly detailed. However, new editions of this book appear only about every 8-10 years, and the route information in new editions seems to be about two years old upon publication. No mention is made in the current edition of either sport climbing routes in the area or the growing bouldering scene in the Sandia foothills. It will be interesting to see if there is ever a later edition, as Mike Hill's store went out of business and I'm not sure he even lives in the area now.
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I've had this book since it was first published, and use it mostly for information on trails I haven't been on in awhile. Trail information is mostly accurate, but visit the Tijeras Ranger District for recent information about the trails.

There's some information about the cross country ski trails near the Crest. Most of it is accurate, though there may be additional trails up at the Crest that have been blazed since publication.

For climbers, most of the routes listed are big wall routes, not bouldering areas, so the book isn't of much use if a climber wants to do boulder problems. However, Mike does suggest that climbers get in touch with the New Mexico Mountain Club (NMMC) to find out more about what climbing is available. NMMC is a good information source for hikers as well.

NOTE: parts of the Sandias are closed during the summer to allow falcons and other raptors to raise their young. The Shield is one of those areas, and there are others. Check with the Ranger District (or NMMC) about areas closed to climbers and hikers.
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I have an earlier edition that I use myself when hiking the Sandia Mountains here in Albuquere, NM. Last summer I purchased from a site that gave me excellent customer service, which I hoped to reward...and it turned out that the young man who helped me so much is a rock climber in Utah...who also has published for that area... so I had the perfect gift for him should he ever travel this way. Easy to read and the author gives excellent descriptions and directions. If you are visiting our mountains here you should have this as a reference. Amazon is one of the few sites that has this book.
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This is a well researched and extremely detailed volume designed for the serious hiker in the Sandia Mountains. I actually bought it for the map of the area, which was noted by the seller as "included" (and it was). Unfortunately, the material is a little out of date despite the 1993 third revision. A number of the trails and some of the roads have altered over the years, so actual experience may be at variance to that detailed in the book. Still, it is probably the most authoritative work on this subject available today.
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probably bettr for climbers than hikers; could use more maps. Vendor was good
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