La Cueva Canyon, Upper Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Overview Map of Upper LaCueva and Chimney Canyons.
The La Luz trail, running from the foothills of the Sandias to the Sandia Crest, runs directly through this canyon. There is a high concentration of stellar routes on the rock within Upper LaCueva Canyon. Also, in comparison to many other routes within the Sandias, the approaches can be shorter and easier.
Though the routes within this canyon can be accessed from the lower part of the canyon (Juan Tabo Picnic Area in the foothills of Albuquerque), it is much easier to access them from the Sandia Crest. The La Luz trail begins on the South end of the Sandia Crest parking lot.
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
103 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in La Cueva Canyon, Upper
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for La Cueva Canyon, Upper:
Featured Route For La Cueva Canyon, Upper
Aviary Ort Overhangs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : The Thumb
The guidebook "Sandia Rock" lists this one as "One of the best of its grade in the Sandias". I will have to agree with this! This is a summer route, if it's 95 in Albuquerque, chances are, temps will be perfect to even slightly chilly on this route. It sees about one hour of sun per day. To get there, start on the La-Luz trail. The Thumb is an obvious formation, just keep on the trail until it is right in front of you. You will pass a scree/boulder field that the trail goes through. When you get...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
BETA PHOTO: Overview of some of the features on the south side...
Panorama of Upper La Cueva Canyon with The Thumb t...
BETA PHOTO: Upper La Cueva Canyon looking southwest
Donald Duck & Fire Hydrant
BETA PHOTO: La Luz trail view, Upper La Cueva Canyon