North Ridge Steps Rock Climbing
This really rips your hands up...haha
There are two ridges that run down from the Sandias and terminate near the parking area. The approach to The Particularly Nice One goes between these ridges.
The ridge has many steps and boulders around each step. Ther are SW, W and NW aspects to the ridge so you can move around to possibly find shelter from the elements though at times it will be impossible.
Most of the problems seem to be colected around the flat areas of the "steps" and some have very good rock quality and others are quite grainy. There are lots of foothills knobs on many of the boulders and this can lead to some fun climbing.
From the parking follow the main trail as it heads east then north along a fence line. Shortly after the trail starts north look for trails that head up the ridge to the east. There is one trail that is quite a bit better than the others that is slightly south of the top of the ridge itself, though it ends up being south of many of the problems as well.
Climbing Season For the Foothills Bouldering area.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For North Ridge Steps
Right Side Overhang V2 5+ NM
: Albuquerque Area Climbing
: ... : Boulder A
The crux is keeping your feet on through the first few moves. Heel or toe hooking is useful here. Starts lowsih on a right knob and left in the flared crack with a knob. Make a long move up to another knob and work your feet around so that you can move your other hand up to match and move to a higher knob. Continue up bigger holds to the top. Beware the "Sandias solid" flake near the top on the right that you don't really want to pull on if you can avoid it....[more] Browse More Classics in NM