September, 19, 2013
|The Tram from Pino Trail|
We first spotted The Tram when we were hiking on the Pino Trail. The Sandia Peak Tram is 2.7 miles in diagonal length and is a bi-cable double reversible aerial passenger tramway.
|...to the top!|
|The car we met in the middle!|
Both the tramcars are attached to hauling cables and the weight of the downhill tramcar helps to pull the uphill car to the top. When the tramcars pass in the middle, they are almost 1000 feet above the ground.
Top speed of the tramway is 24 feet per second, averaging about 12 mph.
|Towers one and two|
More than 10,000,000 people have enjoyed the tramway ride since it took its first passengers up in May, 1966.
The views are quite spectacular...you can see about 8% of New Mexico! Unfortunately, my pictures weren't very good thru the window...sorry!
|A little chilly at the top!|
We climbed nearly 4000 feet in 15 minutes...now that was a WOW!
There are several hiking trails at the top of the Sandia Peak. Our first choice was to walk the Crest Trail...south towards Pino Trail where we had stopped the day before.
This was another WOW! and speechless moment...walking in the clouds,
and on a bed of granite!
The pictures do not do the views we saw justice. We were surrounded by beauty in all directions! Enjoy...
It was a wonderful morning! Another hike we highly recommend if you are in the area.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time...
...enjoy the view!