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Albuquerque Area Climbing

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Cajun Pine
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Ponderosa
Connects Mahogany with Juan Tomas Open Space. Near Ponderosa Pine, New Mexico
Blue Ribbon
Baby heads on steep grades with ledges mixed in on the climb/descent, otherwise great fun. Near Ponderosa Pine, New Mexico
Gamble Oak
Mostly fast and smooth as it winds through the forest. Near Ponderosa Pine, New Mexico
Birdhouse Ridge
A great alternate start or finish, to/from the Tunnel Canyon trailhead. Near Carnuel, New Mexico
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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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Weather station 1.7 miles from here

619 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Albuquerque Area Climbing

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Albuquerque Area Climbing:
Screaming Jihad   V12 8A+     Boulder, 20'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Screaming Jihad
Knife Edge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 900'   Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield
Northwest Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
Estrellita   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Estrellita
Southwest Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1300'   Juan Tabo Canyon : The Needle
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Aviary Ort Overhangs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   Echo Canyon : Bush Shark Area
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Mountain Momma   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
Green Eggs and Ham   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Palomas Peak : (06) The Dihedral Wall
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande
Purple Haze    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A4+ R     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Juan Tabo Canyon : Shield
Wizard of Air   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 600'   La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon
Autumn Ivy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
Cat Daddy   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
Event Horizon   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 95'   Chimney Canyon : Clandestine Wall
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Featured Route For Albuquerque Area Climbing
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of Aviary Ort Overhangs, 5.9

Aviary Ort Overhangs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  New Mexico : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Thumb
The guidebook "Sandia Rock" lists this one as "One of the best of its grade in the Sandias". I will have to agree with this! This is a summer route, if it's 95 in Albuquerque, chances are, temps will be perfect to even slightly chilly on this route. It sees about one hour of sun per day. To get there, start on the La-Luz trail. The Thumb is an obvious formation, just keep on the trail until it is right in front of you. You will pass a scree/boulder field that the trail goes through. When you get...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 11, 2010
I'll be visiting Albuquerque between July 13 and July 20. Anyone need a partner for the Sandias or anywhere else cool enough to climb. Trad or sport. Cheers.
By chris scalf
Jun 1, 2012
is there any climbing at the top of menaul?