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At the end of almost every street that deadends into the Sandia foothills on the east side of town there is a collection of established boulder problems. The most popular of these is U-mound at the end of Copper. There are also a good collection of problema at the end of Indian School, the Tram Terminal and the Juan Tabo PG which is on the way up to the La Luz trailhead. I believe that there are also several problems developed in Lower La Cueva Canyon.

Getting There 

Driving along Tramway Blvd, turn east and drive the roads till they end.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

174 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',64],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Foothills Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Foothills Bouldering:
Manatee trad traverse   V0+ 4+     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Dead Cat   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste...
Highball slab problem   V2 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Pizza Crack   V2 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Wounded Knee   V2+ 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Balancing boulder problem   V3 6A     Boulder   U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste...
Knob Problem   V3 6A     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
The OW   V4 6B     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound - the corridor
Driftwood or Petrified Wood   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Highball Knob Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Trail Side Area 1
The Murray Highball   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
The Manatee   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 18'   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
American Music   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Hawkwatch Trail : Rio Bravo boulder
Little Drummer Boy   V6 7A     Boulder, 16'   Simms Park (Elena Gallegos ... : Upper Simms
Corridor Problem   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   U-Mound : Upper Mound - the corridor
Driftwood direct start   V6-7 7A+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Valkyrie Fallen   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : The Westside
1/4" Minus   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage
The 10   V10 7C+     Boulder, 15'   Manitoba/Montgomery Trailhe... : The Particularly Nice One
Screaming Jihad   V12 8A+     Boulder, 20'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Screaming Jihad
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Roybal's Wall V0 4  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Upper Fat City Drainage
Since Upper Fat City drainage used to be known as Embudo Canyon & was the site of nearly all early bouldering in the area (because in the early to mid 70s you could drive all the way up to the dam at the constriction of the canyon), it seems a shame not to include some of the classic early problems. Roybal's Wall is a short problem on the right (south) side of the canyon a couple hundred yards up from the dam. Rating is approximate - there was no formal boulder rating system back then, everyth...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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