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
Shine On 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : The Slot
*This route is 110' long, use a 70m rope or two ropes to get back down, even then you need to watch the ends carefully.Climb the center route up the very obvious left-facing dihedral, eventually climbing up and left past a bolt to a ledge. From the ledge run it out on large holds up and slightly right to a small seam with gear, generally staying left of the arete and below the scoop/groove higher on the route. Good holds and intermittent gear lead into the upper groove section with very cool fo...[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