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 Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',44],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]
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Voodoo Child 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Torreon
A classic Sandia testpiece. Historically it has been given a 5.12a rating, but it is likely .11d.1. Two options. The original start climbs the left side of a pillar (5.8) to the arete just left of Mountain Momma. The other option is to start on MM, but after clipping the 2nd bolt step left to a thin crack (5.10) and climb the right side of the pillar. This variation has better climbing, but the start of the crack is somewhat runout. Belay on top of the pillar at a two-bolt anchor.2. Some consider...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: La Luz trail view, Upper La Cueva Canyon