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:
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Mexican Breakfast Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Mexican Breakfast Formation
Mexican Breakfast Crack is an excellent, clean crack with a wild crux traverse under a big roof. The name is a spin-off from Yosemites's English Breakfast Crack. Certainly, trad climbers in both NM and California eat cracks like this for breakfast!Pitch 1: Follow the clean left-facing corner under the right side of the big roof as it widens from big-hands to fist to offwidth. Sustained 5.8 to this point, but since there's so few OWs to practice on in the Sandias (or elsewhere in NM), the wider s...[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