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
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for La Cueva Canyon, Upper:
Featured Route For La Cueva Canyon, Upper
Mountain Momma 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Torreon
Claimed to be one of the best 5.10 routes in the Sandias. Most of the climb is on clean rock, with a few loose sections, as goes the Sandias. See attached topo for more detailed climbing beta.Pitch 1 (5.10a): Climb up to a ledge to the right of the dihedral. From atop the ledge, clip the bolt, and move left into the dihedral. Follow the dihedral up, eventually following a protectable crack to the left. Follow to a hanging belay.Pitch 2 (5.10a): Some face climbing to a bolt leads to a right facin...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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