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Elevation: 6,324 ft 1,928 m
GPS: 35.0763, -106.4442
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Shared By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Mar 26, 2009
Admins: Jason Halladay, Mike Hoskins, Anna Brown

Description Suggest change

Maybe not really part of the foothills but the climbing is quite similar and it is close. Typicaly more secluded, fewer people bouldering and hiking. Rock quality is standard for the foothills, large grain granite can be great or kitty litter. There are several different areas here.

A mound just to the right of the parking, then two groups of a few boulders further out past these about 5-10 minutes and the hillside behind the two groups is covered in rock with at least a handful of problems and possibly a lot more.

If you head straight out of the back of the parking area there is a large wide trail that hikers use and a wash to the left. There are some boulders along the edge of the wash and short walls actually in the wash. Further along but pretty far of to the left is Screaming Jihad which according to Jon C. is the best hard problem on granite for the ABQ area.

If you continue up the trail even further you eventually come to some larger boulders that have routes on them or had routes on them, bolts and hangers may be missing.

Getting There Suggest change

From ABQ drive east on I-40 to the Carnuel exit, just after the Tramway exit. Turn left at the stop sign onto old rt 66. After about a mile you will see a sign on the left for the Monticello Estates, turn left then imediately right. The road curves to the left uphill, take your first paved left, Siempre Verde, which will curve back right and continue up the hill. As the road curves right again turn left (this is pretty much as high as the road gets) onto a dirt road, Tres Pistolas Tr, stay right at the fork and the road deadends at the parking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Three Gun (Tres Pistolas)

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V2-3 5+
 8
Sunshine Face
Boulder
V3 6A
 11
Sports Challenge (Knobs)
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Corridor Problem 3
Boulder
V3 6A
 4
Broken Glass Arete
Boulder
V3 6A
 37
Highball Knob Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
The Crystal Ship
Boulder
V5 6C
 16
Broken Glass Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Vertical Knobs
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
American Music
Boulder
V7 7A+
 8
Valkyrie Fallen
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 7
The Cure
Boulder
V10- 7C+
 7
Blue Valentine
Boulder
V12 8A+
 6
Screaming Jihad
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Face Crystal Ship & Glass…
 8
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Sports Challenge (Knobs) Crystal Ship & Glass…
 11
V3 6A Boulder
Corridor Problem 3 Crystal Ship & Glass…
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Broken Glass Arete Crystal Ship & Glass…
 4
V3 6A Boulder
Highball Knob Problem Trail Side Area 1
 37
V3 6A Boulder
The Crystal Ship Crystal Ship & Glass…
 5
V4 6B Boulder
Broken Glass Traverse Crystal Ship & Glass…
 16
V5 6C Boulder
Vertical Knobs Crystal Ship & Glass…
 4
V5 6C Boulder
American Music Hawkwatch Trail > Rio Bravo boulder
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Valkyrie Fallen Westside
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Cure Screaming Jihad
 7
V7-8 7B Boulder
Blue Valentine Screaming Jihad
 7
V10- 7C+ Boulder
Screaming Jihad Screaming Jihad
 6
V12 8A+ Boulder
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