Trundle Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on the "top" of Trundle wal...
The smaller east-facing wall stands guard over the right hand side of TWA Canyon northeast of Alioth. The wall is more of a fin with a pronounced south-east ridge (5.8?). The TWA canyon side of the ridge is Trundle Wall and is about 300 feet tall. This is one of the steeper overall formations in the Sandias and the wall overhangs much of the way, many of the raps will require you to clip in or swing to get into the wall and something dropped from the top of the routes will not hit anything until the canyon below.
From the south end of the Sandia Crest parking lot, hike down the Crest Spur Trail for .5 mile to its junction with the La Luz Trail. Go left (south) toward the tram, hiking above Echo Canyon. After 10 minutes on the La Luz, the trail veers northeast at an overlook (Domingo Baca). From here you have the choice of hiking down to the top of the wall and rapping in (recommended) or hiking to the base (bring a machete). The approach to the top of the wall leaves the main trail 50 feet from the overlook at a small clearing. Hike down for 100 yards, veer north along a game trail above a couloir to a point of land that is above the wall, then drop down to the NE of a cliff band and traverse in to the rap anchor. There are two bolts for the first rappel, but you may want to back up the fixed pins with a cam or wire for the other raps. There are 3 100 foot rappels. If you choose to hike to the base, continue for another 10 minutes to the next canyon (TWA) and descend a steep trail. Tunnel through thick brush and trees for 10 minutes, the huge right-facing corner of the first pitch will be obvious. There is a good view of the wall and the approach, at the upper end of TWA Canyon where it intersects the La Luz Trail. Look for the right-facing dihedral of Top Flite, and the "Seagram's 7" block at the summit.
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
Weather station 1.4 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Trundle Wall:
Top Flite 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'
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Top Flite 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b New Mexico
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Trundle Wall
A stout route that overhangs for all three pitches, with interesting and varied climbing. It still needs a bit of cleaning (lichen mostly), but the rock quality is generally excellent. The route follows the prominent right-facing dihedral in the center of the wall. Named for the Top Flite golf balls found at the base.1. Physical and demanding, with just enough spice to keep the leader engaged. Power up the clean, strenuous dihedral past a fixed pin and a bolt, then surmount a small roof (crux). ...[more] Browse More Classics in New Mexico
BETA PHOTO: Red - Top Flite Blue - Splinted and Screwed
By LeeAB Brinckerhoff
From: ABQ, NM
Jul 18, 2010
As of July 17th, the trail around to the raps for Trundle wall is terribly over grown. The cairns are still there for the most part but you will want to take something to deal with the encroaching brush.