Avg: 3.5 from 65 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 900 ft, Grade III|
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|Shared By:||Steven VanSickle on Aug 30, 2008|
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Access Issue: Juan Tabo Canyon is subject to annual access closures from March 1 to August 15. Details
The USFS-imposed closure applies to UNM Spire, the Prow, the Ramp, and the Shield (but not the Knife Edge). The Needle, and its south and east approaches, are unaffected.
Access Issue: Seasonal raptor closure for some areas in the Sandias Details
Access Issue: Seasonal Falcon Closure Details
The Shield is closed from February through mid-August for peregrine falcon nesting. The Knife Edge is open year-round.
The Approach is the crux for sure. The rock is good enough if your cautious. The route is an excellent solo, just make sure your damn solid at the 5.3 grade! Bringing a rope on this route would be a lot more work than its worth. Its 85% 4th class then a bit of 5.3 at the top that is really fun.
The route is the NW Ridge of the Shield. Follow the Crest Trail north, until you see the "10 K Trail" post mark. In this clearing go to the edge of the limestone band, and start descending the gully. There are some game trails but for the most part you`ll be suffering in the brush. The prominent ridge line on your left is the route. There is a well defined trail on the ridge line that takes you up the route.