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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Muralla Grande:
The Second Coming 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches
La Selva 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'
Warpy Moople 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'
Excitable Boys 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'
Out to Lunch 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'
Little Yellow Jacket 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'
Rapture 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 600'
Thunderbird 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'
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The Second Coming 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Muralla Grande
Four pitches, the final of which is the makes this one such a beauty. However, the star rating of the route really depends on which way you decide to go on the headwall at the top. There are four choices for the final pitch (5.10d, 5.10a, 5.9, and 5.8).Getting There: Follow directions to Muralla Grande. Soon after you get to the bottom of the couloir of death talus and rocks, begin looking to your right. You will eventually come upon an alcove beneath a large headwall (the headwall is high up on...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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