Help Support Our Sandia Mountain Trails

Matt's trek started at the base of the Tram at 8:00 PM Friday. He had completed over half the 100 miles by Saturday evening. You can follow his progress at: 

Good luck, Matt!

Matt Thompson, an avid long-distance runner who has competed across the country, has enjoyed our expansive and challenging Sandia Mountain trail system for four years while stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. Before moving to his next assignment, Matt wants to give back by raising funds to support Friends of the Sandia Mountains (, a group of volunteers whose mission is to care for the natural, historical, and recreational resources of the Sandia Mountains.

Click above to watch Matt's short video introducing the Watermelon 100 Project.

Matt's ambitious goal is to bring attention to Sandia's wonderful trail system by circumnavigating the mountains, ascending and descending several times, in a grueling trek covering over 100 miles and 30,000 feet of elevation gain and do it in one weekend. Matt has named his endeavor the Watermelon 100 Project in recognition of the Spanish name for our mountains.

All net funds (after processing costs of about 2%) will go to FOSM to purchase supplies and equipment to help support its mission. FOSM's needs and approximate costs for filling them are:
  • HAZMAT upgrade of chainsaw storage ($1,000),
  • Electrical service in FOSM guard station and purchase and installation of Oregon chain grinder ($5,000),
  • Used trailer for hauling logs and equipment ($10,000), and
  • Used 4x4 heavy-duty truck for hauling logs and equipment ($20,000 or more).

Check Matt's project Facebook page for frequent updates as the event approaches ( He plans to create a movie illustrating the beauty and uniqueness of the Sandia Mountains trail network and has begun interviewing people with knowledge of its history. Links are available on the Facebook page.

Note: FOSM was incorporated as New Mexico Friends of the Forest in 1997 and certified as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 1998 but has done business as Friends of the Sandia Mountains since 2006.


Joseph Giles 
Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Friends of the Forest 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.