Pinnacle Valley Rock Climbing
A portion of Pinnacle Valley, taken from the summi...
In most cases, the shortest approach begins by heading north from the Crest parking lot and communication towers along the North Crest Trail. Another beginning is at a dirt pullover on the east side of the highway just below the tower complex, then head up hill to the North Crest Trail.
In about 1/4 of a mile north of the communication tower complex, the main trail arrives at the ridge top at a kind of junction of trails. At this point there will be a gray sign for the North Crest Trail. In the direction one just came from, the sign indicates 1/2 mile to Highway 532. To the north, it indicates 1.5 miles to Del Agua Overlook. At this point there is also a vague trail heading south and up hill that is blocked by four short posts near a loose sign stating "Electrical Site Ahead." Other minor trails head off to the west from here.
Continue north on the North Crest Trail for another ~50 yards to a fairly open view down the west side of the ridge top. This looks down into Pinnacle Valley and is very near the descent to Tombstone. For other climbing routes in Pinnacle Valley, the point at which one leaves the ridge and descends west depends on the destination.
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
34 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Pinnacle Valley
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pinnacle Valley:
Featured Route For Pinnacle Valley
Watchman's Secret, Variation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : WatchTower
Unknown developer!! FA?? This route is a variation for the second pitch of The Watchman's Secret. After first pitch of Watchman's, head straight up and slightly right after anchor. (Left line = second pitch of original route). Climb over bulge on easy 5.9 terrain via runout bolts and iffy gear to reach glorious horizontal finger crack traverse. With delicate feet and superior crimps, clip two stacked bolts and pull onto vertical face. Layback thin vertical crack, either run-out to next bolt or p...[more] Browse More Classics in NM