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Submitted By: Mick S on Oct 30, 2009
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Following pitch 1 in the tricky 5.10 section as th...

Description 

Just north of the Tram.


Getting There 

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.


5 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',2],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',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 TWA Canyon:
Aerial Boundaries   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Alioth
Splinted and Screwed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'   Trundle Wall
Top Flite   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'   Trundle Wall
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Featured Route For TWA Canyon
Following pitch 1 in the tricky 5.10 section as the sun starts to illuminate the entire wall.

Aerial Boundaries 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Alioth
Aerial Boundaries is one of the best climbs at the 5.11 grade in the Sandias, with sustained, steep, intriguing climbing on quality rock for nearly all of its length. Its fairly remote location no doubt contributes to the lack of attention its received. The topo and description in Mick’s guidebook were accurate and very helpful. I'd recommend you use them.Beta:Pitch 1: A hard start leads to the first bolt, traverse left to a 2nd, mantle up to 2 pins and reach the tri...[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 (?? – that’s a guess; anyway, it feels like you’re 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.