We are hiking down the south rim of the Grand Canyon in April, and want to get in some training, especially for the workout our knees will get on the descent and ascent.  We live in the general UNM/Nob Hill area, and would like to find a tall building with accessible stairs we could visit for training.  Any suggestions?  Maybe something in the Uptown area?  Thanks!

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The Plaza del sol Building at 2nd and Lomas has 8 floors, City  Hall has 11. You are not far from either.

Might be worth a try if we can find free parking, thanks.

free parking out front or on first street

Of course, from Nob HIll to 2nd and Lomas is also an easy bus ride...

Yes, good call

She said "uptown", not downtown.  Ask at the Marriott near uptown to see if you can get in their stair well.

Thanks, Andrea, I'll ask them.  I was also wondering about the "Darth Vader" building in Uptown.  Both seem pretty tall, and all we need is access to the stairs.

UNM stadium is usually open from 7am to about 4pm. All of the high, concrete stairs you can handle. Enter through the southwest maintenance gate. I used them for my Grand Canyon hike a few years ago.

FWIW, the La Luz trail is just about the same grade, distance and profile as the Bright Angel trail in the GC.

UNM stadium is a great idea, thanks!

Try the La Luz trail.  Its a good hike, and you get the weather..

I agree - the trail is a bunch of long trails connected with switchbacks - not stair steps - it's not a staircase.  Just climbing up/down local mountain trails is plenty for this trip.  My friends and I did this trip when we were 18 - no special training (but it was damn cold on the top when we finally emerged - it'll be cold in April, btw).  

You might want to even backpack in some sleeping bags and a light weight tent and enjoy the spectacular scenery down there - why knock yourselves out? 

I grew up on the east mesa when nothing was paved beyond Morningside. Spent lots of time as a kid enjoying the west Sandia foothills. I have been up the La Luz several times and climbed up the west face to the TWA plane crash sight. Looked for but never found the sight of a WWII B-24 crash sight. Worked for the Forest Service in the summer of 62 out of the Tijeras Ranger Station. We spent most of the summer crearing brush out of the camp grounds. Love the Aspen Glade sight.You have to like the Sandias. I especially like the crest when the clouds are low and the trees are covered with frost. I have a place picked out for my ashes.   A great treasure for Albuquerque. Wishing the Land of Enchantment a happy 2012 from Nebraska where many residents are giddy over the income from corn and soy beans this harvest thanks to foreign markets and the ethanol industry.Regards


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