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Areas in Chimney Canyon

Cake, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Candle, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Castle, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 4 / 4
Chimney, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Clandestine Wall 9 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 11
El Tecolote 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Muralla Grande 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 13
Sentinel, The 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closure for some areas in the Sandias Details

Description

This canyon is located just below the Ceder Crest communication towers. The most prominant feature within this canyon is Muralla Grande ("great wall"). The canyon is named after the chimney looking spire south of Muralla Grande.

Getting There

See map, and each specific climbing wall/spire for specific directions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chimney Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Lost Ledge
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 97
The Second Coming
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 47
Warpy Moople
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Boogers & Chocolate
Trad, Alpine
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 64
Excitable Boys
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 10
Out to Lunch
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 21
Skinwalker
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Little Yellow Jacket
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Cloak and Dagger
Trad, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Dossier
Trad, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Tecolote Sin Nombre
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Thunderbird
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 12
Autumn Ivy
Trad, Alpine
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 7
Cat Daddy
Trad, Alpine
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 3
Event Horizon
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lost Ledge Sentinel
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
The Second Coming Muralla Grande
 97
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Warpy Moople Muralla Grande
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Boogers & Chocolate Clandestine Wall
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine
Excitable Boys Muralla Grande
 64
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Out to Lunch Muralla Grande
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Skinwalker Clandestine Wall
 21
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine
Little Yellow Jacket Muralla Grande
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Cloak and Dagger Clandestine Wall
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Dossier Clandestine Wall
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Tecolote Sin Nombre El Tecolote
 3
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Thunderbird Muralla Grande
 9
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Autumn Ivy Clandestine Wall
 12
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine
Cat Daddy Clandestine Wall
 7
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Alpine
Event Horizon Clandestine Wall
 3
5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport, Alpine
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As of April 11, 2011 the approach to the Clandestine Wall was impassable due to snow covered ice on the steep sections of the Chimney Canyon trail. With crampons and axes (not kidding here) the hike might be managable; with our approach shoes, however, it was downright dangerous and we turned around to go climb at the stuff in Echo Canyon instead. Apr 22, 2011

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