Elevation: 10,650 ft
GPS: 35.211, -106.45 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Jan 20, 2006
Admins: Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski, Jason Halladay

Description

Because of the approaches to the climbing areas here, you will typically find solitude while climbing in the Sandias. Due to high elevation and nature of these mountains, conditions can vary. While one can climb at any time of the year, the best time seems to be between May through October. West and Southwest facing walls, such as Muralla Grande, can be warm and dry even on winter days. Watch for thunderstorms during the summer months.

Getting There

The majority of the climbs are accessed from the Sandia Crest, though some are approached from the foothills of Albuquerque (these directions will be give in the appropriate sections):

- Starting from Albuquerque, take I-40 east through Tijeras Canyon, exiting on the Tijeras exit (exit 175).
- North on highway 14 for 6.8 miles
- Turn left on NM 536 (follow signs to Sandia Mountain Ski area), and follow this road for about 14 miles, past the ski area, and finally to the Sandia Crest.

Getting to the different climbing areas:

Approach times and difficulties vary depending on where you are going. Directions will be given in the appropriate sections.

WARNING: Approaches can be DIFFICULT, as in both strenuous and difficult to find. It's not difficult to get lost in this area. Should anyone following directions posted on Mountain Project end up lost, feedback on the directions in order to make them more accurate is appreciated.

Resources:

- Sandia Rock by Mick Schein (2013, Sharp End Publishing)
- Rock Climbing New Mexico by Dennis R. Jackson (2006, Falcon Press)
- Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias by Mike Hill (1993, Coyote Books)

288 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sandia Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 78
Knife Edge
Trad, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 78
Flake n' Bake
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 77
Northwest Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 97
Estrellita
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 112
The Second Coming
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Crackula
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 63
Miss Piggy
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Aviary Ort Overhangs
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 48
Warpy Moople
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 52
Bush Shark Spire
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 74
Excitable Boys
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 43
Yucca Flower Tower
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Mountain Momma
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 46
Great Escape
Trad, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 27
License and a Visa
Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Knife Edge Juan Tabo Canyon > Shield
 78
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
Flake n' Bake La Cueva Canyon… > Flake n' Bake
 78
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Northwest Ridge La Cueva Canyon… > Thumb
 77
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Estrellita La Cueva Canyon… > Estrellita
 97
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
The Second Coming Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 112
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Crackula Echo Canyon > Techweeny Buttress
 58
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Miss Piggy La Cueva Canyon… > Hole in the Wall
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Aviary Ort Overhangs La Cueva Canyon… > Thumb
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Warpy Moople Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Bush Shark Spire Echo Canyon > Bush Shark Area
 52
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Excitable Boys Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 74
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Yucca Flower Tower Echo Canyon > Yucca Flower Tower
 43
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Mountain Momma La Cueva Canyon… > Torreon
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Great Escape Echo Canyon > Yucca Flower Tower
 46
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
License and a Visa Pino Wall & Jaw… > Pino Wall
 27
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport, Alpine 4 pitches
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