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Pinnacle Valley Rock Climbing 

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Roughly, Pinnacle Valley lies west of the Sandia Crest between The Needle to the north and Chimney Canyon to the south. Established climbing areas within Pinnacle Valley include from north to south: The Anvil, Wildflower Wall, The Watchtower, The Tombstone, and The Knifeblade. Many of the climbing areas are on west facing rock and so tend to be shady until mid-day.

Getting There 

In most cases, the shortest approach begins by heading north from the Crest parking lot and communication towers along the North Crest Trail. Another beginning is at a dirt pullover on the east side of the highway just below the tower complex, then head up hill to the North Crest Trail.

In about 1/4 of a mile north of the communication tower complex, the main trail arrives at the ridge top at a kind of junction of trails. At this point there will be a gray sign for the North Crest Trail. In the direction one just came from, the sign indicates 1/2 mile to Highway 532. To the north, it indicates 1.5 miles to Del Agua Overlook. At this point there is also a vague trail heading south and up hill that is blocked by four short posts near a loose sign stating "Electrical Site Ahead." Other minor trails head off to the west from here.

Continue north on the North Crest Trail for another ~50 yards to a fairly open view down the west side of the ridge top. This looks down into Pinnacle Valley and is very near the descent to Tombstone. For other climbing routes in Pinnacle Valley, the point at which one leaves the ridge and descends west depends on the destination.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pinnacle Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pinnacle Valley:
West Face Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches   Tombstone
West Face Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250'   Tombstone
Seventh Sojourn   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 340'   WatchTower
Good to the Last Drop   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Hidden Wall
Wildflower   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   Wildflower Wall
Excalibur   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 340'   WatchTower
Alchemy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   WatchTower
Watchman's Secret   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 320'   WatchTower
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Watchman's Secret, Variation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : WatchTower
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