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Areas in La Cueva Canyon, Upper

Andy Boy Wall 5 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Chaos Crag 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Donald Duck 4 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
El Paisano 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Estrellita 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Fin, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Fire Hydrant 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Frog 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Hole in the Wall 13 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18 / 18
Lost Spectacle 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Mexican Breakfast Formation 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Middle Way, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
My Secret Garden 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 20
Paired Pole Pillars 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Pulpit, The 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Rat's Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Science Friction 5 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Slot, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Thumb, The 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 9
Torreon 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 7
Trail Crag 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Tridents 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Windward Wall 5 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 6
Yataghan 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closure for some areas in the Sandias Details

Description

The La Luz trail, running from the foothills of the Sandias to the Sandia Crest, runs directly through this canyon. There is a high concentration of stellar routes on the rock within Upper LaCueva Canyon. Also, in comparison to many other routes within the Sandias, the approaches can be shorter and easier.

Getting There

Though the routes within this canyon can be accessed from the lower part of the canyon (Juan Tabo Picnic Area in the foothills of Albuquerque), it is much easier to access them from the Sandia Crest. The La Luz trail begins on the South end of the Sandia Crest parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at La Cueva Canyon, Upper

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 65
Northwest Ridge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 30
The Cave Route
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
Beat Around the Bush
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 87
Estrellita
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
The Happy Gnome
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 59
Miss Piggy
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Aviary Ort Overhangs
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Mountain Momma
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 11
Good Clean Fun
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Shine On
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 6
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Global Warming
Trad, Alpine
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
Voodoo Child
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Wizard of Air
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
 5
The Sorcerer
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Northwest Ridge Thumb
 65
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
The Cave Route Pulpit
 30
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Beat Around the Bush Estrellita
 36
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Estrellita Estrellita
 87
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
The Happy Gnome Yataghan
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Miss Piggy Hole in the Wall
 59
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Aviary Ort Overhangs Thumb
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Mountain Momma Torreon
 42
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Good Clean Fun Windward Wall
 11
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Shine On Slot
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Sorcerer's Apprentice Torreon
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Global Warming Slot
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine
Voodoo Child Torreon
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Wizard of Air Torreon
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
The Sorcerer Torreon
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13 Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
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