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.
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.
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Alchemy 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : WatchTower
Off the top of the crux pitch of Cry for Merlin, head straight up the orange wall starting out a little left up through a roof and some vertical seams to a ledge out right near the arete. Then more seams head up and trend slightly left into the shallow grove. Finish with a giants staircase to the top of the wall. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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