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
101 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',44],['2 Stars',31],['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
Estrellita 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Estrellita
A well protected crack on good rock. Touted by the Sandia Rock guide as "The best 5.8 in the Sandias". The crack begins at the right end of the formation and continues to a right facing dihedral. Midway up this dihedral (not far past a piece of fixed pro- an old stuck cam), you will step left, out of the dihedral, and onto the face. Continue up the crack system to the top of the climb. ...[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