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The shady side (North facing) of La Cueva offers many challenging trad leads and is the best place to be during hot days, which is most of the time down here. Fortunately, the shady side has more routes than the sunny side.
Follow the trail from La Cueva picnic area.
24 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shady Side:
Back-Scratcher 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 60'
Bolted Chimney 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Sport, 75'
Featured Route For Shady Side
Monoculture 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c NM : Organ Mountains : ... : Shady Side
This top-rope climb is located on the shady north side of Cueva, near the eastern end of the formation. It climbs up a broad black water-streak.The 2-bolt anchor is located on a broad ledge which can be reached by climbing up one of the crack systems just to the right, or by scrambling up the low-angle slab further to the east to gain the ledge system. The climb consists of thin face climbing on crimpers and tiny finger pockets. The crux is located 15ft off the ground, but the entire climb is pr...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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