Palomas Peak Rock Climbing
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From Albuquerque, take I-40 east, exit at Tijeras (Exit 175) and head north on NM 14 through Cedar Crest; after about 6 miles, turn left onto the Sandia Crest road (NM 536); soon after passing the ski area base (about 9 miles after leaving NM 14), turn off right (at Balsam Glade picnic area) onto dirt road leading to Placitas; after about 2 miles, stop at left turn with 3 concrete barriers west of the burn area. (If you get to Las Huertas picnic ground or the Sandia Man Cave, you have gone too far down.) Drive time is 40-50 mins. From Santa Fe, you can take I-25 to Placitas, exit to NM 165 and drive 14 miles to the parking area (the last 5 miles on dirt), but it is faster to take NM 14 south to the junction with the Sandia Crest road and proceed as above.
GOOGLE DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM I-25 (Placitas):
GOOGLE DRIVING DIRECTION FROM 1-40 (Tijeras):
Parking is limited and often a severe problem on week-ends: there is room for 8-9 cars at the 3 concrete barriers if you park perpendicular to the barriers; about 40m down the road from the turn, there is room (sideways) for 4 more cars on the uphill side; note that rangers will ticket any car that impinges upon the roadway. PLEASE CARPOOL and PARK WELL!
To access the trail, walk through the concrete barriers at the parking area. Follow the trail for approximately .7 miles to an intersection clearly marked with Forest Service signs. At this intersection, take a hard LEFT and start hiking up the hill. Hike up the hill for approximately .25 miles until you arrive to the start of the cliff and a signed Forest Service second intersection. Proceed straight along the cliff band for the climbing area. Allow about half an hour for the hike up with a full pack. Please stay on the trail: the native flora is easily damaged.
From December till March, expect hazardous driving conditions on the dirt road (often only accessible from the Placitas side), possibly deep snow on the trail (bring mountaineering boots or snowshoes), and cold temperatures, although the rock dries up quickly and stays warm in the sun. (Copied directly from online guidebook).
The Walls of Palomas
(01) The Entrance
(02) The Slab Wall
(03) The Franks
(04) Showdown Wall
(05) The Transition Zone
(06) The Dihedral Wall
(07) Randy's Wall
(08) The Far Side I
(09) The Far Side II
(10) Red Light District
Classic Climbing Routes at Palomas Peak
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