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Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Mar 26, 2009


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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 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Foothills Bouldering area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Three Gun (Tres Pistolas)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Three Gun (Tres Pistolas):
Sports Challenge (Knobs)   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Crystal Ship and Glass Hous...
Highball Knob Problem   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Trail Side Area 1
Broken Glass Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Crystal Ship and Glass Hous...
American Music   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Hawkwatch Trail : Rio Bravo boulder
Valkyrie Fallen   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   The Westside
Screaming Jihad   V12 8A+     Boulder, 20'   Screaming Jihad
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By djkyote
Mar 26, 2009
video of Screaming Jihad here:
By Eric Whitbeck
Apr 8, 2011
Most of the names and grades for these problems came from a small group of climbers who began visiting the canyon in the mid 90s. I am sure that there was an earlier group out there in the 80s, Johnny Myrick and co., as well and possibly even before. Mr. Murray almost certainly climbed the most obvious lines as well. None of the info is meant to claim first ascents, but was simply the result of too many years of talking about the problem next to the problem with the jug starting hold. No disrespect is meant to any of the climbers who came before us, but we had to call the problems something. Probably the largest, although most dispersed, of all the foothills areas. There are over a hundred problems in the canyon.
By Steven Crisp
Apr 9, 2015
1. Link all broken and stuff.
2. Good on ya.

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