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Albuquerque Area Climbing

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Otero Canyon
Super fun varied singletrack through a beautiful canyon. Near Carnuel, New Mexico
Tunnel Canyon
A grinding climb followed by rock ledges on the descent. Near Carnuel, New Mexico
Tunnel, Otero, West Figure 8
A nice figure 8 ride with lots of fun singletrack and plenty of ledges and baby heads. Near Carnuel, New Mexico
Delbert's Trail (Trail 5622)
Narrow contouring singletrack through the trees. Near Carnuel, New Mexico
Cedro Singletrack (Trail 5252B)
Smooth singletrack through the piñon forest. Near Ponderosa Pine, New Mexico
Chamisoso Trail (Trail 5184)
This trail provides an excellent way back to the lower Cedro parking. 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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617 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
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
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower
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: Linda working her way up Global Warming

Global Warming 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Slot
*This route is 110' long, use a 70m rope or two ropes to get back down, even then you need to watch the ends carefully.The route right of the obvious dihedral (Shine On) with a fixed nut at its start (EDIT: no longer there as of 6-13). Climbs a shallow dihedral and roofs to an upper headwall with mostly bolts for protection. Two bolts for anchors with chains and lowering biners are shared with Shine On.One of the best 5.11 pitches in the Sandias. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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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?