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Albuquerque Area Climbing

All of these areas exist right east of the city of Albuquerque.

- Tunnel Springs: An area featuring short, sustained climbs on moderate quality, sharp limestone. A short distance from Albuquerque.

- Sandia Mountains: About one hours drive from Albuquerque (depending on the side you are coming from), if alpine adventure and long approaches your taste, head into the Sandia back-country.

- Palomas Peak: Technical limestone sport climbing within the Sandia Mountains. About a one hour drive from Albuquerque with a 20 minute approach.

- The TV Station: High quality, alpine, limestone bouldering at the top of the Sandias, just north of the Sandia Crest.

- U-Mound: Granite bouldering in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This is the closest outdoor climbing you can find from the city of Albuquerque.

- Big Block: A small limestone crag just outside of Albuquerque.

Getting There

The biggest city in the state of New Mexico, look for the intersection of I-25 and I-40, and everything around it is Albuquerque.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Albuquerque Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 110
Knife Edge
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 101
Flake n' Bake
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 99
Northwest Ridge
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 124
Estrellita
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 137
The Second Coming
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Crackula
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
Miss Piggy
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 56
Aviary Ort Overhangs
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
Lonesome Dove
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 57
Warpy Moople
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 65
Bush Shark Spire
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 87
Excitable Boys
Trad 7 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
Mountain Momma
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 59
Great Escape
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 69
Green Eggs and Ham
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Knife Edge Sandia Mountains > Juan Tabo Canyon > Shield
 110
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad
Flake n' Bake Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Flake n' Bake
 101
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Northwest Ridge Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Thumb
 99
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Estrellita Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Estrellita
 124
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Second Coming Sandia Mountains > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 137
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Crackula Sandia Mountains > Echo Canyon > Techweeny Buttress
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Miss Piggy Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Hole in the Wall
 74
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Aviary Ort Overhangs Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Thumb
 56
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Lonesome Dove Palomas Peak > (09) The Far Side II
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Warpy Moople Sandia Mountains > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 57
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 7 pitches
Bush Shark Spire Sandia Mountains > Echo Canyon > Bush Shark Area
 65
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Excitable Boys Sandia Mountains > Chimney Canyon > Muralla Grande
 87
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
Mountain Momma Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon… > Torreon
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Great Escape Sandia Mountains > Echo Canyon > Yucca Flower Tower
 59
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Green Eggs and Ham Palomas Peak > (06) The Dihedral Wall
 69
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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