The short traverse out right to start pitch 4.
Just north of the Tram.
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 0.4 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Ace of Spades 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NM
: 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 NM
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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 (?? thats a guess; anyway, it feels like youre 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.