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Elevation: 6,532 ft
GPS: 35.2045, -106.4874
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Mar 20, 2007
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Description Suggest change

Just beyond the foothills, this area is somewhat unlike the steep walls of the upper Sandia Mountains. Starting in Albuquerque, a beautiful hike next to a stream takes you to some quality low angle slab and crack climbing.

Getting There Suggest change

Get on Tramway and head north for a while. Find the Juan Tabo Picnic Area exit (Forest Road 333) and turn right after the second cattle guard (FR 333B). Follow this road to the La Cueva picnic area. Take the LaCueva trail (#83) east for about 1/4 mile to a point where the trail forks. The south (right) fork leads into the canyon. GPS coordinates are to the parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at La Cueva Canyon, Lower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 109
Flake n' Bake
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 7
Dihedral
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 11
Opal
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
Surf Naked
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 52
Revenge of the Elderly
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Broken Ladders
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
Gemstone
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Friction Addition
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5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 4
Pair of 4s
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Flail Out
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Shoots & Ladders
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 21
Emerald City
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Seamingly Hard
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flake n' Bake Flake n' Bake
 109
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Dihedral Flake n' Bake
 7
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Opal Gemstone East
 11
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Surf Naked Gemstone East
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Revenge of the Elderly Gemstone East
 52
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Broken Ladders Gemstone West
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Gemstone Gemstone West
 51
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Friction Addition Flake n' Bake
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pair of 4s Gemstone West
 4
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Flail Out Gemstone West
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Shoots & Ladders Gemstone West
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Emerald City Gemstone East
 21
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Seamingly Hard Gemstone West
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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