Elevation: 6,532 ft
GPS: 35.205, -106.487 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Mar 20, 2007
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: COVID-19 New Mexico State Requirements Details

Description

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

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

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 85
Flake n' Bake
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 9
Opal
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Surf Naked
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Revenge of the Elderly
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Broken Ladders
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Gemstone
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Lena's Cousin
Trad, Alpine
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
Shoots & Ladders
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Emerald City
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Seamingly Hard
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flake n' Bake Flake n' Bake
 85
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Opal Gemstone East
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Surf Naked Gemstone East
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Revenge of the Elderly Gemstone East
 38
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Broken Ladders Gemstone West
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Gemstone Gemstone West
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Lena's Cousin Flake n' Bake
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Shoots & Ladders Gemstone West
 10
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Emerald City Gemstone East
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Seamingly Hard Gemstone West
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
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