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Chimney, The 
Clandestine Wall 
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Chimney Canyon  


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BETA PHOTO: Overview map of Chimney and Upper LaCueva Canyons

Description 

This canyon is located just below the Ceder Crest communication towers. The most prominant feature within this canyon is Muralla Grande ("great wall"). The canyon is named after the chimney looking spire south of Muralla Grande.

Getting There 

See map, and each specific climbing wall/spire for specific directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.3 miles from here

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',5],['5.8',3],['5.9',6],['5.10',6],['5.11',5],['5.12',2],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chimney Canyon:
Rocky Racoon   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 240'   The Chimney
Lost Ledge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   The Sentinel
Arrow Heads and Pitons   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 230'   The Chimney
La Selva   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
The Second Coming   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Muralla Grande
Morning Wood   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Boogers & Chocolate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Warpy Moople   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
Excitable Boys   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'   Muralla Grande
Out to Lunch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Muralla Grande
Skinwalker   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 140'   Clandestine Wall
Dire Straights   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Muralla Grande
Little Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 580'   Muralla Grande
Cloak and Dagger   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 165'   Clandestine Wall
Rapture   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 600'   Muralla Grande
Autumn Ivy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Clandestine Wall
Thunderbird   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Muralla Grande
Cat Daddy   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Clandestine Wall
Thunderstruck   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 75'   Clandestine Wall
Event Horizon   5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 95'   Clandestine Wall
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Featured Route For Chimney Canyon
JJ Schlick onsighting Skinwalker.

Skinwalker 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Clandestine Wall
Climb the crack though a series of roofs, to an intimidating final largest and widest of roofs. The difficulty seems to come more from the consistancy rather than a stopper move....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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The Chimney, the canyon's namesake
BETA PHOTO: The Chimney, the canyon's namesake

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By Ryan Curry
Apr 22, 2011
As of April 11, 2011 the approach to the Clandestine Wall was impassable due to snow covered ice on the steep sections of the Chimney Canyon trail. With crampons and axes (not kidding here) the hike might be managable; with our approach shoes, however, it was downright dangerous and we turned around to go climb at the stuff in Echo Canyon instead.