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La Cueva Canyon, Upper  


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BETA PHOTO: Overview Map of Upper LaCueva and Chimney Canyons.

Description 

The La Luz trail, running from the foothills of the Sandias to the Sandia Crest, runs directly through this canyon. There is a high concentration of stellar routes on the rock within Upper LaCueva Canyon. Also, in comparison to many other routes within the Sandias, the approaches can be shorter and easier.

Getting There 

Though the routes within this canyon can be accessed from the lower part of the canyon (Juan Tabo Picnic Area in the foothills of Albuquerque), it is much easier to access them from the Sandia Crest. The La Luz trail begins on the South end of the Sandia Crest parking lot.

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101 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for La Cueva Canyon, Upper:
Northeast Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'   Donald Duck
Northwest Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   The Thumb
The Cave Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 360'   The Pulpit
Beat Around the Bush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Estrellita
Miss Piggy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   Hole in the Wall
Estrellita   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   Estrellita
The Happy Gnome   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Yataghan
Aviary Ort Overhangs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   The Thumb
Mexican Breakfast Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   Mexican Breakfast Formation
Mountain Momma   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Torreon
Shine On   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110'   The Slot
Sorcerer's Apprentice   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Torreon
Bitch's Brew   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Torreon
Another Pair of New Shoes   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Hole in the Wall
Global Warming   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 115'   The Slot
Storm Warning   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250'   Science Friction & Windward...
Voodoo Child   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 500'   Torreon
Sister Sledge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Hole in the Wall
Wizard of Air   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 600'   Torreon
The Sorcerer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600'   Torreon
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Featured Route For La Cueva Canyon, Upper
MattL working his way up the seam on Another Pair of New Shoes

Another Pair of New Shoes 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Hole in the Wall
From the belay, head up and left to a bolt then attack the thin crack straight up. Follow this up to the crux roof and a line of bolts up the headwall. The roof (crux) has a high bolt that can be difficult to clip then typically move a bit to the right to turn the roof or try it straight on. The headwall offers up continuous climbing at a slightly easier grade than the crack and roof and keeps you on your toes. A great line that offers up a little of everything. Face, crack, a roof and good posi...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of La Cueva Canyon, Upper Slideshow Add Photo
Overview of some of the features on the south side of Upper La Cueva Canyon.  View from the first switchback on the Crest Trail.
BETA PHOTO: Overview of some of the features on the south side...
From The Pulpit
From The Pulpit
Panorama of Upper La Cueva Canyon with The Thumb to the right.
Panorama of Upper La Cueva Canyon with The Thumb t...
Upper La Cueva Canyon looking southwest
BETA PHOTO: Upper La Cueva Canyon looking southwest
Donald Duck & Fire Hydrant
Donald Duck & Fire Hydrant
La Luz trail view, Upper La Cueva Canyon
BETA PHOTO: La Luz trail view, Upper La Cueva Canyon

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