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TWA Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Mick S on Oct 30, 2009


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The short traverse out right to start pitch 4.


Just north of the Tram.

Getting There 

From the south end of the Sandia Crest parking lot, hike down the Crest Spur Trail for 0.5 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). Continue for another 10 minutes to the next canyon (TWA) and descend a steep trail. The trail tunnels through thick brush and trees past Trundle Wall; Alioth is the next large wall. Approach time is approximately one hour.

Climbing Season

For the Sandia Mountains area.

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in TWA Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for TWA Canyon:
Aerial Boundaries   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Alioth
Splinted and Screwed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'   Trundle Wall
Top Flite   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'   Trundle Wall
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Featured Route For TWA Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Mick coming up the amazing 1st pitch!

Ace of Spades 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  New Mexico : Sandia Mountains : ... : Block Ridge
This route ascends a clean pillar that forms a south facing wall on the western aspect of Block Ridge. The crux is the first pitch which more than anything else is very sustained 11- climbing. It might be the longest and most sustained crack pitch in the Sandias. No joke, there is a 100+ft section of crack climbing without a single no hands stance. There are a couple of crux sections that are a bit more technical in the middle, clearing the bulge and a few body lengths above it as well as an...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Jun 11, 2013
With the help of a knowledgeable hiker, we found the trail intersection of the La Luz with the top of the path down in to TWA Canyon. From the apparent head of TWA Canyon, keep hiking south on the La Luz toward the tram, for 150-200 yards (?? – that’s a guess; anyway, it feels like you’re going too far). There is a blazed tree adjacent to the right side of the trail, and at this point an informal foot path cuts back hard to the right. Follow this through some switchbacks down the left side of the canyon, where the very steep main path in the canyon bottom then becomes obvious. This descent does a great job of avoiding any cross-country bushwackery.

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