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Muralla Grande Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.2152, -106.455 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Jan 22, 2006
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Photo of Muralla Grande from the Sentinal.


This massive cliff face, easily seen from the city of Albuquerque, stands just beneath the communcations towers in upper Chimney Canyon. The rock wall boasts many long, quality routes.

Getting There 

At the North End of the crest parking lot, locate a prominent trail that skirts just around the fence. Follow it, as it slowly winds you down toward the limestone band near the top of the crest. This prominent trail continues along the limestone band for about 10 minutes or so, than you will come upon an intersection. Go left, heading towards hilltop of aspen, this is the summit of Muralla Grande.

As you are hiking on a nice trail you will come upon a trail junction in the aspen grove, there is a junction of two trails. The straight ahead or barely angling left (South/SE) branch goes down the correct approach gully (this appears less well traveled initially). The right branch (West/SW) goes to Muralla Grande summit (can take this one if you wish to leave anything at the summit where all the climbs end). DO NOT: Take the right branch (toward the summit), and ALSO forget to backtrack to the junction, or you WILL end up going down the looser gnarlier bushier gully instead.

Continue on the trail down the steep, rocky, chimney canyon (south, then west, or just DOWN), and you will see The Chimney to your left, and the rising face of Muralla Grande on your right. The Second Coming is directly on the South Face (and is in the sun for a good part of the day in fall and winter). Other climbs are on the main southwest face (continue down and around the formation).

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Muralla Grande

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Muralla Grande:
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   
La Selva   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   
Lawyers, Guns & Money   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 140'   
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   
Out to Lunch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
Dire Straights   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   
Thunderbird   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing the crux pitch of Thunderbird on the FA.

Thunderbird 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Muralla Grande
Starts at the head of a small gully 60 ft away from the start of Little Yellow Jacket and ~100 ft (a couple switchbacks) below Second Coming. The route begins in very obvious right-facing dihedral and climbs generally straight up for 6 pitches to the top of Muralla.P1 (95 ft – 5.11-): Climb an obvious right-facing dihedral and pull a roof to a fixed pin below a second roof. Back up pin with nut and traverse right under roof to belay on ledge with another fixed pin.P2 (90 ft – 5.11): Clim...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Anthony Stout
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 11, 2007
Thanks George for that clarification. I added your comments to the "getting there" section above. Please let me know if you have any more comments!

By Christopher Marks
From: okc
Nov 28, 2007
What is the bolted line to the left of Second Coming? Looked like new bolts and at least 2-3 bolted belays?
By Anthony Stout
From: Albuquerque, NM
Nov 28, 2007
It is called Rapture, although I don't know much more about it than its name.

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